KARACHI: Despite allocating Rs 21 billion to education department in current financial year in 2017-18, more than 6 million children are still out of school, and 5483 schools are closed out of 45,555 in Sindh, predicting the worst picture of governance, stated by Kashif Bajeer, Coordinator Child Rights Movement Sindh in the Launch ceremony of Child Rights situation Analysis Report of Sind here at Karachi.
He said, Instead of announcing emergency in education and receiving the lion’s share of the overall provincial budget, education in Sindh has not shown any improvement. The number of out of school children, drop-out students and levels of learning of school-going children still show no progress. These missing facilities specially water, sanitation and hygiene issues are multiplying with each passing day causing great problems for school going children.
Child Rights Movement Sindh, Civil Society Support Programme and council for the participatory development jointly Organised this launch event for sensitizing Media Professionals.
President Council for Participatory Development Dr. Bilquis Rehman said, instead of allocating billions of rupees for development and non-development budget, the condition of children in Sindh remains stagnant.
According to Sindh Finance department, Rs 869.1 billion were allocated for the financial year 2016-17 spending Rs. 225 billion for Annual Development Programs, but Sindh like other sectors has not shown any improvement in child related projects and initiatives.
Civil Society also raised their voice for child labour, educational reforms, missing facilities, nutritional deficiencies and stunting growth factor in children, child abuse and child pornography cases, child marriages and forced conversion marriages. Dignitaries from Development sector and Media Professionals received the mementos for highlighting Child Rights issues.