KARACHI: International Day for Street Children is being celebrated on Friday (today) across the world including Pakistan, ARY News reported.
The day is being celebrated from 2012 with an aim to provide equal basic facilities to the street children.
Recognising the rights of these children is a big step towards creating real change.
Every day, children across the globe suffer abuses of their human rights which violate the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children. For homeless children living on the streets, there are few means of obtaining these rights, few means of ensuring they get access to; clean water; nutritious food; durable shelter; quality health care and; physical and psychological protection.
Various programs have been chalked out to underline the importance of the day. Representatives from various nongovernment organisations (NGOs) will also attend the awareness walk.
According to the UNICEF report around 1.5 million children are homeless in Pakistan and majority of those are spending their lives on the streets of Karachi.
The PTI government has announced to introduce a special programme for street children to educate them and bring them into mainstream.
“Pakistan is currently facing various challenges in education sector however, the present government is fully cognizant of its responsibilities to resolve these challenges”, Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood had said.