Child Rights and Child Protection

To uphold and protect the basic rights of working children as envisioned in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, WESS significantly contributed to said convention,  implementing Working Children’s Protection Program since 2002, with the support of different donors like Plan Pakistan, UNICEF, Oxfam, UNICEF and Concern Worldwide in Quetta. The aim of these projects were to provide basic necessities and protection to working children of Quetta. Working Children Protection programs ensured access of working children to education, recreation, health and hygiene services and vocational training for older children and their families. The program not only enhanced the protection and socio-economic conditions of working children but also enhanced the income of parents of working children through vocational skill development in different marketable trades. The program was run through  Drop in Centers, outreach learning facility and vocational skill facility for older children and their parents. Number of projects completed under sub-sector: 06

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Impact:

In sub sector of child rights and child protection, WESS worked with line departments, UN agencies and INGOs to strengthen legal and policy frameworks, enhance government and community-based structures and services, and engage with communities to promote positive social change. The completed projects during the course of 18 years has supported over 45,000 child workers with schooling, vocational and literacy skills and training in their communities, and many of their mothers were given support for income-generating activities. The project secured strong community ownership to ensure monitoring. Older children (siblings of working children) and parents were benefited through employment-oriented development programs in semi urban areas. These services significantly contributed to extension of economic and social measures to address poverty issue, up-scaling family living standards and income that forced children to work. 60% of parents of working children were also provided vocational skills to abstain their children from working.  As a result of these measures 34% of working children of targeted areas were mainstreamed in formal schools. Facilities for the protection and welfare of children benefited 35000 children through Child Focused health education, life skills, HIV/AIDS session, literacy/numeracy and art/craft skills among other interventions.