ISLAMABAD: National Child Protection Centre (NCPC), an attached department of Ministry of Human Rights, has initiated a drive to raise awareness among masses on rights of children by establishing child rights committees in slums of the federal capital.
According to an official of the Ministry of Human Rights, under the initiative, NCPC teams will map different areas of the capital to pinpoint hubs of vulnerable children, especially those involve in beggary.
The project was designed for the NCPC yearly work plan 2018 to 2019.
The centre has also appointed a doctor and a nurse against the approved seats that had been lying vacant for a long time for a proper checkup of children studying in the informal schools for street children by NCPC, the official added.
The centre will also work on the development of a child protection information system, he said and added it also proposed activities around four key areas of child protection, including street children or children involved in beggary, violence against children, coordination with stakeholders and awareness on child protection issues.
Other major initiatives aimed in the work plan include visits of important crossroads and bazaars in Islamabad and awareness walks in most affected areas and provision of temporary shelter equipped with counselling services for children and parents, effective referral and rehabilitation mechanism and non-formal education for street children.
In the upcoming months, the centre would also enhance linkages with district administration, police, bar association, civil society and media, he added.