An Interfaith New Year celebration with working children at a brick factory in Nazampura Kasur, Pakistan
On 4th January, 2019, Women Wing URI Pakistan organized a program with the partnership of COPE Pakistan Cooperation Circle (CC), WAKE CC and Ms. Rubina Younis from Korea. The program was a 2019 New Year celebration held with working children under the theme of “through education comes peace and interfaith harmony in the new generation.”
In Nazampura Kasur, School for Working Children is giving education to the children of brick kiln workers. One hundred and twenty children are getting education in this school. Their parents are working in different brick kilns in Kasur. Through education, these children can change our future. Children are roses of this world. They give fragrance beauty and meaning to human life. They are innocent, trusting and full of hope. They are the real capital and future of a nation. They are very precious and delicate, and need proper care and treatment. It is a universal truth that economic prosperity and socio-cultural progress of a nation largely depend on the proper upbringing of its future generation. The educational, civilized and developed societies always predict and plan their future, keeping in mind the present status and situation of their children. Childhood is considered the best stage in the cycle of human life. Nobody can forget childhood memories. Childhood is the most enjoyable and delightful period of human life, but not for those who are caught up by the cruel clutches of the decree, not permitting them to heave up their mind and heart with many innermost wishes and inclination. But those who strive and really endeavor to mean it - this is particularly true for working children.
URI Women Wing Pakistan is working with brick kiln workers families in Kasur for the promotion of education and skills. Many children have to work with their parents at kilns for their daily food. Through the URI Skill Education Center, 35 women and girls have completed Sewing, Knitting and Embroidery training courses in Nazampura Kasur. Before the URI Skill Center, these women were without profitable skills. Now they are not a slave of kiln owner. These women are earning money with their own skills and they feel proud.
Sr. Sabina Rifat, Coordinator Women Wing URI Pakistan, Mr. Asher Nazir, Executive Secretary URI Pakistan, and Ms. Maria Younis distributed new warm clothes and food items among a few working children, as they could not afford to give to all. Even so, it is their strong wish to help all these children. School staff and children were very happy with the gifts from URI Women Wing and Partners.
These children are getting an education because they belong to the poorest families. Their economical condition is very bad and miserable. The Supreme Court of Pakistan has declared bonded labor to be illegal, but it is still there is no implementation on it. The laborers could be considered as ‘slaves’ of the modern world. They are born and die at the kilns.
We believe that, through education, together we can change their lives. Sr. Sabina Rifat and Mr. Asher Nazir thanked the dedicated teachers Shamim Shafi and Narjis Nasreen for their great work to change the life of working children through education.
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