LAHORE: The United Nations Information Center in collaboration with the International Labor Organization and the Economics Department of the GC University, Lahore organized special lecture presentations regarding child labour. Addressing the participants, Project Manager ILO-IPEC Taseer Alizai apprised about the various forms of child labour in Pakistan and detailed their causes and policy framework under the UN convention on the rights of the child. He said that there is a dire need to combat child labour through education and skills. He also discussed in detail the issues of child labour including internal and external factors and presented labor force survey of the year 2003-04.
He further said that there are 3.3 million child labourers in Pakistan and most of them are associated with the industries of glass bangle, coal mine, rag-picking, surgical instruments and tanneries.His presentation was followed by the National Information Officer of the United Nations Information Center Ishrat Rizvi who said that poverty is a very big issue in the developing country like Pakistan. She also discussed the UN convention on rights of the child.
The Director, Centre for the Improvement of the Working Conditions and Environment (CIWCE) Saeed Awan said on the occasion that we need to promote our educational sector in order to create awareness among the people about the menace of child labour. He quoted the rapid progress made by Canada in the human development sector and urged to adopt proper educational paradigms to overcome this problem of the child labor in the country.-SANA, Nabeel malik