Free education is important to end child labor: Begum Alvi
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – April 30, 2021): Begum Samina Arif Alvi, wife of the President of Pakistan, said on Friday that children are the future of the country and that it is vital to provide them with free education for eliminate child labor.
“Giving children free education can secure their future and help them get through difficult times,” she said in her speech at the ceremony to distribute educational kits to students at Pakistani school Bait-ul -Maal for the rehabilitation of child labor.
Begum Alvi said that every child has the right to live their childhood to the fullest and have access to school education. “Instead of toys, if those innocent hands are forced to have tools, the situation will speak to society’s apathy towards its children,” she said.
To end child labor, she said, all segments of society must play their part in raising children and ensuring that no child in the country feels deprived.
“It is my dream that every child in Pakistan grows up educated and that no one is left behind for lack of funds,” she said.
She commended Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal for taking effective measures to eradicate child labor and provide them with free education up to primary level in 159 centers across the country.
Begum Alvi said the government provided free books, uniforms, stationery and daily rupees. 10 to each child, Rs. 300 per month to their parents and Rs.
4,100 at the end of their course.
“This is in line with this government’s mission to give every citizen and every child their right to education,” she added.
She said the government was taking steps to develop weaker sections and lift them out of poverty by providing them with social security under the umbrella of the Ehsaas program.
Begum Alvi thanked the Pakistani diplomatic community for joining the effort to eradicate child labor and for organizing gifts for 240 children.
She also mentioned her initiative to support the cause of people with disabilities and urged people to join the journey to give them basic rights.
Pakistan General Manager Bait-ul-Maal Zaheer Abbas Khokhar gave a briefing on how PBM works and said the organization is focused on pursuing the vision of uplifting the weaker segments.
He said children between the ages of 5 and 14 were weaned from hazardous work and received free education, clothes, shoes and a stipend at PBM centers.
Wife of the Turkish Ambassador, Zlatomira Yurdakul has occasionally appreciated the initiatives of Pakistan Bait-ul-Maal to eradicate child labor.
The wives of the ambassadors from Indonesia, Malaysia and Bangladesh also attended the event.
Later, Begum Samina Alvi gave educational kits to teachers for distribution to students.