Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) on Monday held a declamation contest as part of its Global Campaign for Education (GCE) week celebrations, at its Headquarters here in Islamabad. The contest marks the beginning of SPARC’s extensive weeklong campaign comprising live radio programs and poster competitions between children hosted by its numerous Centers for Street Children across Pakistan. Culminating with the launch of its annual child rights report, SPARC’s GCE week celebrations aim at re-emphasizing this year’s theme of “Time to deliver”, calling for greater accountability and citizen participation with regard to the UN’s SDG 4 (i.e. Universal Education for all).
Children from a large number of schools participated in the bilingual declamation. Their educational institutes included Government Boys Elementary School Rawalpindi, Khaldunia, Apple Grooming, Mohsin Model School, Shaheen Public School and Saya School.Ranging between 12-14 years of age, all participants wholeheartedly took part in the contest, overseen by a jury of eminent educationists, journalists and child rights activists comprised of SPARC’s board members and other guests.Rameen Babar from Apple grooming school received first prize for her speech in Urdu and Mohammad Imran from Saya School received first prizefor his speech in English. Speaking on the occasion SPARC’s Executive Director Sadia Hussain said, “Uplifting the provision of quality education stands as one of our core objectives. I am extremely delighted at the enthusiasm shown by all participants and hope that further exposure to such events will positively foster their leadership capabilities.”