Islamabad: Over 17,871 students were being imparted Primary education in Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal's (PBM) 159 National Centres for Rehabilitation of Child Labour working countrywide to eradicate forced labourfrom the country, said official source.
According to an official, 73 such centres were working in Punjab, 37 in Sindh, 24 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 14 in Balochistan, 11 in Islamabad Capital Territory, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. Male and female children were being imparted education separately in these centres.
He said PBM was providing basic amenities including shelter, food, education and healthcare facilities to marooned children who are working in brick-kiln, carpet, mining, tannery, construction, glass bangle, domestic work, begging and agriculture sectors.
The children are being provided free education, clothing, footwear and stipend as well as subsistence allowance to their parents.
Established countrywide in 1995 to educate street children between the age of 5 and 14 years, the standard strength of a centre is 120. Daily stipend of Rs.10/- on attendance basis is paid to each student through the parents accounts and parents receive Rs.300/- per month as wage compensation.
Primary level syllabus is taught in 4 years through informal education head of his educational institute. Summer vacations and local holidays are not observedin these schools. As many as 19,574 have passed out and 11,858 have been admitted in Government schools for higher education.