Ilamabad - Almost 75 per cent children of Muslim Colony, a slum area of the federal capital, have been deprived of education due to lack of schools and awareness.

There are only two private schools running in the area which are not enough to cater to the needs of residents. During a visit of Director National Child Protection Center (NCPC) Muhammad Yousaf Shah, the community people informed that one school is run by a NGO Roshni Welfare Foundation while the other one is Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan school with a quite limited capacity. Local residents informed that there are 11,300 registered voters in the locality but not a single government school is available for their children. They further stated that their children are facing severe education and health problems as no dispensary is established in this area and they have to take ailing children to general hospitals of federal capital which are far away.

Officials of Roshni Welfare Foundation shared that they are working on education, health and environment issues but lack of health and sanitation facilities made the children prone to diseases.

The director NCPC told the area people that Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) is working exclusively to ensure a conducive, safe and secure environment for children.

He informed that they would establish two children complex under the Ministry of Human Rights ministry with complete facilities for street children.

He informed that they are currently running a non-formal school for children involved in begging at traffic signals.

He stated that children are future of the nation and education, health are their fundamental rights.

The NCPC head stated that their target is to enroll every child of the federal capital in the school.  He assured the area people that their grievances would be redressed soon  and they would take all steps to ensure rights of native children.

The NCPC team also visited shrine of Bari Imam and took serious notice of the children involved in beggary.

This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 05-Aug-2016 here.