Fields of Intervention:
DCI-Pakistan (SPARC – associated member) was created in Pakistan in order to promote and defend children’s rights. Therefore, several actions are undertaken in the following priority issues:
- Juvenile Justice
- Child rights
- Child labour
- Violence against children
Current Activities and Projects/Programmes:
In recent years, DCI-Pakistan (SPARC – associated member) has carried out inter alia the following projects:
- Countering Violence in the Prosins of Punjab
In Pakistan, under trial prisoners (UTPs) including juveniles languish for years in detention while waiting for the completion of their trials and have been kept in jail longer than the maximum penalty associated with their crime. To tackle this ever growing problem in prisons, DCI-Pakistan (SPARC – associated member), in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, is currently undertaking a project in prisons across districts Faisalabad, Lahore, Sahiwal and Multan to provide legal aid and vocational training to under trial prisoners (UTPs). The project aims to ensure that these individuals are reintegrated back into society as reformed citizens with alternative livelihood opportunities.
- Free legal assistance provided by DCI-Pakistan (SPARC – associated member) to all the under trial prisoners in need, who languishing in the selected prisons. In 2014, free legal services will be provided to 600 UTPs by 15 experienced full time lawyers.
- Non-Formal education is offered to the female UTPs in Multan and the juvenile and women UTPs in Faisalabad. Three trained teachers have been hired for this purpose. Interactive sessions will be conducted and books and stationary will be provided. The teachers will visit the prisons on a daily basis.
- Vocational training and skills development offered to the adult UTPs, male and female, in the trades: Electrician, Motorcycle Mechanic, Tractor Mechanic, Beautician, Tailoring; and Embroidery skills. Reputed training institutes will be involved as third parties and to ensure certification of the courses.
- Learning is Fun: Promoting Child Friendly Classroom Environment in Selected Schools of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
The quality of education is closely linked to teachers training as it directly impacts the learners’ level of attainment. In this connection, DCI-Pakistan (SPARC – associated member), with the financial support of KNH and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has initiated a four year educational project starting on 1 June 2014 in selected schools of Districts Abbottabad and Haripur in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project will largely aim at improving quality of education and learning outcomes in target districts through:
- Provision of basic educational facilities and infrastructural support to 60 selected schools
- Training of 120 master trainers and 360 school teachers
- Strengthening child protection systems in the province through lobbying and awareness raising.
In April 2010, DCI-Pakistan (SPARC – associated member) has achieved the release of two Indian juveniles who had been caught and arrested by the Pakistan Maritime Security Shipyard Karachi. They had been tried under section 3 / 4 of the Foreigners Act, but thanks to DCI-Pakistan (SPARC – associated member)’s intervention, they were ordered to be repatriated, which was reconfirmed by the High Court of Sindh.
- STATE OF PAKISTAN’S CHILDREN, 2013
The State of Pakistan’s Children is a report published annually by SPARC since 1997 and encompasses all the major sectors that are relevant to child rights including; education, health, child labor, violence against children and juvenile justice. The report also gives recommendations for the government to take appropriate measures in order to address the issues faced by children across the country.
- COMMUNITIES TAKING CHARGE: BRINGING QUALITY BACK INTO PUBLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS, 2014
- SURVIVING THE STREETS A STUDY OF STREET CHILDREN IN PAKISTAN, 2012
The study attempts to assess the nature and magnitude of the problem of street children in the pre- identified tar get cities of the country . Street children were sub-divided into two dif ferent categories, i.e. children who work on the streets and children who live on the streets