SUKKUR - Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah has said that half of children in the country are out of school.

Speaking at an event held in connection with the Universal Children Day organized by various international non-government organisations (INGOs) and NGOs here at the Sindh Rural Support Organisation (SRSO) Complex, Shah said there was a need to sensitise the society about child issues to ensure protection of their rights as enshrined in the United Nations charter.

Shah, a senior leader of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), said he was optimistic that relevant UN agencies, corporate sector, civil society organisations, NGOs, including the SRSO, and the media would play their role to create a proactive environment for children. He said the Pakistan People’s Party government had taken several steps for the wellbeing of children that demonstrated its strong political will and commitment towards their welfare.

There was a realisation that all the stakeholders must put in sincere efforts to make the society tolerant and ensure healthy growth and development of children, he added.

Earlier, SRSO Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Dital Kalhoro said in his welcome address that children were the nation's future. He called upon the civil society and parents in particular to play their role to protect children’s rights and impart best possible education and training to children to enable them to tackle the challenges of the modern era.

Sukkur Deputy Commissioner Dr Waheed Asghar Bhutti, Project Coordinator Sarah Sahar, Social Welfare Deputy Director Abdul Qudoos Memon and others also spoke.

The event was attended by media persons, representatives of the developments sector, government officials, teachers and students. A tableau was also presented by children of the Pakistan Sweet Home, Sukkur, and other schools on this occasion.