UNICEF and broadcasters call for ‘Every Child in School’ on International Children’s Day of Broadcasting 2012
ISLAMABAD, March 3 2012 – On this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting on 4 March, UNICEF and broadcasters around Pakistan call for every child in Pakistan of school-going age to be enrolled in school. An appeal is made to governments, private sector, national institutions, media, education professionals, communities, parents and other stakeholders to renew their commitment to ensuring that children have access to quality education.
This year’s theme, ‘Every Child in School’, emphasises the need for all children, both girls and boys, to access schooling and receive quality education up to secondary school level. Through their support, broadcasters will produce special TV and radio programmes raising awareness among parents and caregivers on the importance of enrolling out-of-school children, especially girls.
“Ensuring access to free and quality education for all children, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, is both a right in principle and a right in practice. Investing in education is an investment in the future of Pakistan – an investment that both underpins the Government’s Framework for Economic Growth and is a catalyst for human growth and development,” said Dan Rohrmann, UNICEF Representative in Pakistan.
Nearly 25 million children in Pakistan are denied their right to an education – the second largest number of out-of-school children in any country. Of these, 7 million children are of primary school-age and 60 per cent are girls.
“It is essential to make all efforts to secure sufficient education budgets and invest in a dynamic and vibrant education sector that fully exploits the opportunities of new technologies and, above all, the amazing potential of children in Pakistan,” said Mr. Rohrmann.
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is an international event where, on the first Sunday of March, thousands of broadcasters in more than a hundred countries help children to be directly involved in radio and television programming, production and presentation. As a result, children share experiences with their peers, and give voice to their hopes and dreams.
UNICEF takes this opportunity to thank the media, particularly all leading broadcasters in Pakistan, who are supporting this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.