World Children’s Day is being celebrated today around the world. President Dr. Arif Alvi on the occasion of Children’s day has said that the government Is striving to ensure that every child receives quality education and healthcare and none of them is discriminated on the basis of his or her ethnicity, religion or gender, Radio Pakistan has reported.
He further said the government remains committed to protecting every child from poverty, violence, and abuse.
Prime Minister Imran Khan in a separate message said the government is determined to ensure that every child’s rights, including development, education, healthcare, participation, dignity and security are upheld.
PM Khan said that in order to ensure protection of children’s rights, the government established “National Commission of the Rights of Child” and the “Zainab Alert Response and Recovery Agency”.
He said that Child Protection Institutes are being established and various legislations are being introduced to eliminate child labour.
Thirty buildings across Pakistan will be turned blue to mark Children’s Day. The initiative has been taken by UNICEF Pakistan in collaboration with Ministry of Human Rights of Pakistan. Pakistan has set a world record in the number of buildings turning blue on November 20 since 2019. Since 2018, buildings, monuments and landmarks across the world have turned blue to mark World Children’s Day as part of a global initiative led by UNICEF.
As per social research company, Pulse Consultant, there are 92 million children in Pakistan below the age of 14 years. There are 26.5 million children within the age group of 1 to 4 years, and 26.7 million within the age group of 5 to 8 years