THE federal government has recently announced an ambitious initiative to establish schools for impoverished street children across the country. The move seeks to address the pervasive issue of child beggary in society by providing access to high-quality education to all these vulnerable youths.

Many children in Pakistan’s bustling cities are compelled to beg at traffic signals rather than attending school because of their family’s financial constraints. By recognising the needs of such children, the federal government’s initiative is not simply a step towards education, but a realistic leap towards a better future for these children.

The project is set to enrol a significant number of children whose parents cannot afford educational expenses. By bringing them into the fold of formal education, the programme promises to pave the way for a more literate and empowered generation.

Besides, the schools will also offer a curriculum tailored to the needs of these children, incorporating vocational training alongside academics to equip them with the skills necessary for a successful future. Furthermore, the new initiative includes provisions for the children’s wellbeing, such as nutritious meals and healthcare, ensuring that their basic needs are met as they embark on their educational journey.

This initiative reflects the federal government’s commitment to providing education to all, and society’s collective will to eradicate child beggary. It also illuminates the path to a future where every child will have the opportunity to learn, grow and contribute to the nation’s progress. This bodes well for society.

M. Abid Hafeez
Lahore

Published in Dawn, June 21st, 2024

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