Coalition Against Child Labour says it’s increased after the floods
There are two crore children in Pakistan who are working in labour jobs, putting their lives at risk and denying them their rights to education. In this interview, Shahid Mehmood Ansari of the Coalition Against Child Labour further explains that there is no proper legislation against child labour in Punjab, while other provinces have passed a law. Poverty is the main cause of child labour, and a survey by CACL after the floods found that the trend increased and now also elderly people are engaged in labour. He also stressed that domestic child labour should also be considered a serious problem, as there are no laws against this in Pakistan.
Rehabilitation and skills training centre help people with disabilities in Layyah
Pilot Welfare Society in Layyah is giving technical training to people with disabilities so they can work to support themselves. The training includes mobile phone repair, computer training, and operating Photostat centres. In addition, the Welfare Society has a rehabilitation centre where people can receive physical therapy and treatment free of cost. The Society also gathers information about people living with disabilities and informs other NGOs and government departments so that they can be included in aid and relief distributions.
Primary students walk up to 5km to school because there are no teachers in their own school
Primary students of the new repaired Moza Narhi Darmiyani’s Government Primary School in DG Khan, Tehsil Tonsa, walk up to 5km to the school in the next UC because their school remains closed due to lack of teachers. Students say if they arrive late they are beaten by the teacher. They also say they are often exhausted when they arrive in the morning and return home in the afternoon. The DDO Education in Tonsa says the staff in this school and others was not hired after the government changed, and that is why they remain closed. He says a list has been sent to the DCO and schools should be opened soon. The School in Moza Narhi Darmiyani has been closed for the past 5 years.
Save the Children working to rebuild schools in Shikarpur and Jacobabad
Save the Children is working in Shikarpur and Jacobabad to re-open up to 200 schools which were closed after the flood. In places where there were no school buildings left, the organization is established temporary learning spaces. They also provide student kits which include stationary, notebooks and government text books. The children are also connected to Save the Children’s health programs so that children with health issues can be addressed.
EDO Health asks people to be careful to avoid hepatitis
The EDO Health in Nooriabad explains that people should be careful with syringes when going to the doctor or getting their ear or noses pierced, as hepatitis is spreading. He says the government is providing free vaccinations after doing screenings and selecting areas. In flood affected areas, he says people were vaccinated regardless, because the risk was so high.