ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is currently off the track to meet the sanitation and hygiene Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target which was due to be completed in 2015.

Every year, it is estimated that over 600,000 children’s lives under the age of five could be saved through hand washing with soap, by reducing the incidence of diarrhoea by 48% and pneumonia by 23%. Governments, civil society, national and international sector partners and corporate sector on Global Hand Washing Day called for mobilising a nationwide movement to raise awareness of the sanitation and hygiene crises in Pakistan and stressed to work together to address this issue in Pakistan.

To establish and recognise the right of every human being to lead a dignified life, the third Wednesday of October is celebrated as Global Dignity Day in all parts of the world. The purpose of celebrating this day is to educate and inspire children and youth, in particular, about the concept and importance of human dignity. Every human being regardless of race, culture or social background has the right to protect his or her dignity.  Right To Play, an international humanitarian organisation, is celebrating Dignity Day in schools in Pakistan in all of its project areas in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

 “The purpose to commemorate the Global Dignity Day is to sensitise society to respect the dignity of every human. Right To Play believes that dignity is a human right and we are celebrating this day across Pakistan to make children aware of treating themselves and others in a dignified manner,” said Iqbal Jatoi, country manager of Right To Play, Pakistan.

In 10 districts of Sindh and KP and also in Islamabad, more than 40,000 children and youth are participating in global dignity sessions, which started in Right To Play partner schools from October 13 and will continue till October 18. Right To Play’s leaders and coaches will facilitate sessions on dignity in classrooms and encourage children to share inspiring stories.

Founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, four-time Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur, Right To Play fosters the hope and skills that are essential to envisioning and realising a better future. Right To Play started direct implementation of its programmes in Pakistan in 2007.