Enrolment campaign of brick kiln workers’ children launched

WEB DESK: The Punjab Labour and Human Resource department and the International Labour Organisation has launched an “enrolment campaign of brick-kiln Workers’ Children” to tackle child labour in brick kilns in the province.

Up to 35 school children of brick kiln workers from the Nankana Sahib district were enrolled in the Government Model Primary School chokhiyanwala Nankana Sahib on Tuesday.

The Punjab government will provide free education, school bags and books to the children enrolled to schools under this campaign and it will be ensured through strict monitoring for the continuous process of these children in these schools under a perimeter of two kilometres from each brick kiln.

International Labour Organisation Country Director Fransisco D’O video visited the Nankana district and participated in the ceremony held to create awareness. They projected the importance of education for all for these children through this enrolment campaign.

“A monitoring follow up mechanism to ensure the sustainability of the schemes will be made through district vigilance committees,” the minister added. All out of school children of brick kiln workers’ will be enrolled in educational institutions by October 31. He also announced that this exercise will be replicated in 6090 brick kilns of the Punjab.

Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered the Labour and the Human Resource Department to enrol the children in six months. The Labour and Human Resource Department has planned to survey all brick kilns in the Punjab to access the number of children between four and 14 years for enrolment. A survey was launched in the second week of June.

District officials of the Labour and Human Resource Department were technically trained to complete this exercise in a stipulated time span. Out of 6,090 brick-kilns in all over the Punjab 94 percent, brick kilns are functional and the district wise list has been prepared and shared with the each district Education Department for the enrolment.

There are 293 children in Nankana Sahib, working at brick kilns. The Labour and Human Resource Department had the support of the Punjab Education Foundation and the Literacy, School Education, the local government and the Home Department. Those also present were stakeholders, children of brick kiln workers, district government officials, kiln owners.

Source: Business Recorder