UoP to offer free education to child labourers
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Bureau Report | 10/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
PESHAWAR: The University of Peshawar will offer free education to the underprivileged children in its constituent schools in order to eradicate child labour and offer quality education to them.

A memorandum of understanding in this regard was signed by Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammad Rasul Jan and country manager of NGO Plan International, Farrah Naz, at a ceremony here on Monday, according to a statement.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rasul Jan said that the children would be offered education in the University Public School and University Model School. `I personally feel great pain when a child who is to be at school is forced to labour and earn piece of bread for his family.

The MoU is to remain effective for a period of three years in which the partner organisations will explore potential mutual beneficial research and community-based projects, besides developing appropriate communication linkages to facilitate information transfer.

The key component of the agreement would include students` orientation, training of the NGO staff in social research, knowledge sharing and internship for students of the department of sociology.

Farah Naz said their organisation worked with partners for children and youth rights and that there could not have been a much better organisation than University of Peshawar to achieve this goal in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. She added that the NGO would support the UoP quest to eradicate the menace of child labour from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Fata.