ISLAMABAD - Students of different rural schools here have demanded of the government to provide basic facilities like playgrounds, proper sewerage system and clean drinking water to their schools. They also demanded of the government to introduce the local government system in the federal capital. The students expressed these views while presenting their project portfolios at the showcase ceremony of Project Citizen Pakistan, organised by the Centre for Civic Education Pakistan (CCEP] with the support of the Global Opportunities Fund Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK government here Saturday. They said that the residents of rural areas of the Islamabad also paid taxes but they were deprived of the facilities. Out of the total 310 villages in the suburbs of Islamabad, not a single village had a public park or a playground, they said. Dr Shehnaz Anjum Riaz, Director Schools (Male) of the Federal Directorate of Education, renowned child rights campaigner Mr Anis Jilani and famous writer and journalist Jami Chandio were the guests of honour on the occasion. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shehnaz Anjum Riaz appreciated the skills and work of the students. She said the people without civic skills and knowledge couldn't be active citizens. Students who knew a great deal about government, politics, and public affairs were tended to become active citizens, she said. Anees Jilani said the children should know about their rights, adding they could do a lot of service to the nation by speaking the truth. Jami Chandio said, "We should not be afraid of problems but should try to understand and resolve them and thus making our society better," he added. Chandio further said that objective of education should be producing better human beings and citizens. Zafarullah Khan, Executive Director CCEP, said the Project Citizen Pakistan was a civic education programme to promote knowledge, skills and habits of heart for active citizenship along with learning to monitor and influence public policy. He said, "Over 20,000 students and 500 teachers of 160 public and private schools in ten districts of Pakistan are involved in this project." He said that developed countries of the world were giving more attention to civic education and were spending a lot of money on providing civic knowledge and skills to the youth. Prof AD Maken of the Institute of Policy Studies, Prof Shagufta Akhtar of the Foundation University and Murtza Noor of the Higher Education Commission judged performance of the students and awarded the prize of "Outstanding School" to students of Fauji Foundation Model School, Chak Shehzad.