Pakistan: supporting children in the slums of Islamabad
Although Pakistan has made progress in many economic and social areas, a significant portion of the population remains very poor. Child labour remains a serious problem. Young people affected often have to do odd jobs on the streets to make a financial contribution to their family’s needs. This reduces their chances to receive an education and lift themselves out of poverty.
Support for children of poor families
Solidar Suisse’s engagement focuses on the slums of the capital Islamabad. Poor children lack the opportunity to obtain state schooling. By setting up non-formal education centres, Solidar Suisse enables them to receive schooling despite this. Solidar Suisse also provides children with skills and knowledge that are crucial for their daily lives, for example what their rights are, how to defend themselves against sexual abuse and what hygiene measures they should adopt.
On the ground, Solidar Suisse supports two schools, a non-formal school and three madrasas. These Koranic schools are often the only way for poor children to obtain basic education. The teachers are often only poorly educated themselves; Solidar Suisse offers them the chance to undertake training in order to better cater to the children’s educational needs. This approach also enables them to introduce formalised and official education in these institutions through innovative approaches.
In total, Solidar Suisse’s support benefits over 1,500 children, their parents and dozens of teachers.
«I used to work in a brick factory. Now I can go to school and we’ve been told that children have rights.»
Some children are forced to start working very young to support their families. Here, they are working in a brick factory.
Help children in Pakistan
Thanks to your support, Nida and the other children in Islamabad will be able to go to school.