The National Council of Social Welfare in collaboration with SPARC Pakistan, has organized a “Round Table Conference for Developing Policy Framework for Social Welfare of Children of ICT”. Dr. Nadeem Shafiq Malik, Chairman, National Council of Social Welfare chaired the workshop while Mr. Hasnaat Ahmed, Chairman, Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Authority (PEIRA) was the Chief Guest. Prominent Social Worker and Patron Chief of Pakistan Sweet Homes Mr. Zamrud Khan, Representatives of NGOs, Civil Society, Students and officials of CA&DD, attended the seminar.
In his presidential address, Dr. Nadeem Shafiq Malik, Chairman, NCSW, said that it is the responsibility of parents and society to provide suitable environment for the better grooming of the children. The Prime Minister of Pakistan has a special interest for the social welfare of the Children. Under the directions of the Prime Minister, the present government is taking various steps including legislation for the protection of child rights. Prime Minister’s directions regarding introducing educational reforms have been appreciated by all concerned. He further said that the progress and prosperity of a country is dependent on the quality of education of its children. The right to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2012 and Article 25-A of the Constitution of Pakistan protect their rights to education.
To make these commitments turn into reality under the Prime Minister’s Education Reforms Initiative have been started with a target to improve all aspects of quality education to enable children and young people to achieve recognized and measureable learning outcomes especially, literacy and essential life skills. These objectives are being materialized through construction of new schools, addition to existing schools, repair and provision of more facilities in the existing schools and arrange free transport services to the children.