PESHAWAR, JULY 6, 2013: SPARC, in collaboration with KNH, has successfully completed its Early Recovery Project (ERP) in districts Nowshera and Charsadda of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. To appreciate the team’s efforts, SPARC organized an event in Peshawar in attendance of the civil society, government officials, the media and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Minister Mr. Siraj-ul-Haq as the chief guest.
The event included the presentation of a short documentary on the purpose of the project, the findings and results; followed by a brief presentation by the Project Manager of the ERP, Mr. Wajid Ali Shah.
The project manager briefed the audience on the scope of the project which began from October 2011 and continued till June 2013 in response to the July 2011 floods in districts Charsadda and Nowshera. He explained that the project aimed to increase enrollment rates in the district schools by 70%; provide basic facilities, infrastructural support as well as reconstruction of destroyed schools; financial support to needy families that lost their source of income due to the floods so they could send their children to schools; and medical facilities to women and children. “We are happy to have successfully achieved all the project goals,” he added.
SPARC National Program Manager for Violence Against Children Imtiaz Ahmed shared SPARC vision and mission with the audience. He highlighted the need for child rights legislation as well as its thorough implementation in order to protect the rights of children in the country. He further highlighted SPARC efforts in working towards this very objective however stated that there were delays in the attainment of the objective due to bureaucratic and political hurdles. He remained hopeful that the present government will work towards adopting legislation in relation to child rights as well as ensuring its implementation.
The Provincial Minister Mr. Siraj-ul-Haq appreciated SPARC efforts and promised his support in working towards adopting child rights legislation in the province. He further shared that for the betterment of children and to ensure their protection, the state as well as the society need to take responsibility and work together.
The panel for the question and answer session of the event comprised of SPARC Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Regional Manager Mr. Jahanzeb Khan, Program Manager Violence Against Children Mr. Imran Takkar and Charsadda Sub-divisional Education Officer Ms. Aqeela. Participants of the event lauded SPARC efforts for the promotion and protection of the rights of children and shared some useful suggestions for the betterment of child rights. The event concluded with presentation of a trophy to the ERP Manager Mr. Wajid Ali for his work.