SIALKOT - The Child and Social Development Organization (CSDO) Sialkot organized Children a seminar to commemorate World Day Against Child Labour 2011 in collaboration with the district government under Child & Adolescents Protection Project in Sialkot & its adjacent districts; Gujranwala and Narowal sponsored by Unicef here the other day. More than 500 children of formal/non-formal schools participated in the Seminar. Children participated in various competitions like Hamad, Naat, Mili Naghma, Stage Play on child protection issues, tableaus, speeches on the importance of education and hazardous of child labour, etc. A special dialogue among the students of Talim-ul-Amal Centres (TACs), business community and Officials of District Government was initiated which was very inspiring for the audience. During the dialogue, children raised various questions to the employers and Government officials for the protection of their rights. The Government officials and employers while responding to the questions, assured their every possible support to protect the child rights and to address the issues raised by the students of TACs. An excellent event gave a chance to the marginalized children to raise their voices. Officials of Unicef, office-bearers SCCI, government officials, CSDO members, representative of NGOs, industrialists/exporters, teachers, parents of the students, women entrepreneurs of the city, members of the community based child protection committees, representatives of print and electronic media, etc attended the event to encourage the children. Under the aforementioned project, number of working, and neglected children have passed 5th and 8th Board Examination 2011. While sharing their autobiography, the children stated that Unicef and CSDO support had turned their life towards education. Now they have sublime ideas and wished to continue their education. The children of backward areas requested the Government and key stakeholders of the project (Unicef & CSDO) to set up at least matriculation level schools in their areas so that they can continue their education. Afshan Tehseen, Child Protection Officer Unicef, speaking on the occasion stressed upon the government to take immediate remedial measures for the elimination of domestic child labour and provide the facility of education to them for their bright future. Unicef on its behalf will continue its efforts for the child rights and for the elimination of child labour of all sort, she said. Ghulam Mustafa Chaudhry, President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Shaikh Muhammad Yunas Ratra President Child & Social Development Organization (CSDO), Tariq - EDO-Finance and Planning, Nawaz Ahmed Khan DO-Social Welfare, Dr Khurram Anwar Khawaja Chief Executive Anwar Khawaja Industry and Executive member CSDO, Sharif Ghumman DDO Social Welfare, Syed Kamal Abid District Emergency Officer (Rescue 1122), Prof. Safdar Sandal, Perviaz iqbal Soni, Mir Farooq Meyer Vice President CSDO and Sheikh Abdul Majid Finance Secretary CSDO also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of education and assured their full support for the protection children, and awarded prizes to the winning children of the event and position holders of annual examination 2011 of the centres.