ISLAMABAD-Role of educational institutions in the protection and promotion of the children’s rights is important as these institutions can formulate a strategy to overcome the challenges of rights abuse, speakers said on Wednesday.

Participants of the National Conference on the Rights of the Children organised by Sociology Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, International Islamic University Islamabad with the collaboration of Child Rights Movement, agreed that the role of educational institutions in the protection and promotion of the children’s rights is important, while experts and educational institutions will have to find solutions to formulate a strategy.

Addressing the conference participants, Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Nausheen Hamid said that protecting children’s rights is one of the basic priorities of the present government. The government is taking several initiatives in this regard.

Bait-ul-Mal, Managing Director, Aon Abbas Bappi said on the occasion that through Pakistan Sweet Homes, we are supporting the timely needs of orphans and helpless children and various civil society organisations are doing their best in this regard. There is an urgent need to further improve the relationship between us.

International Islamic University Islamabad Rector Prof. Dr. Muhammad Masoom Yasinzai in his address said that no country can think of development without giving rights to its children in a better and safer environment.

The university is taking initiatives to raise awareness for the rights of children in addition to quality education. Today’s conference of this important nature is in conjunction with the Child Rights Movement is proof of this.

Faculty of Social Sciences Deputy Dean Dr. Hazir Ullah and Provost Female Hostels Dr. Amina Mehmood also spoke on child rights and challenges in promoting child rights with the perspective of Pakistan. They also elaborated the role of academic and civil society organisations to meet the prevailing challenges in this regard.

The conference was also attended by a large number of faculty members and students of social sciences at Allama Iqbal Auditorium, Faisal Masjid Campus of the university. The conference was also attended by experts from across the country working for education and children’s rights.