Film festival at FJWU
By: Shahid Rao
RAWALPINDI – Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU) Rawalpindi Friday organised a film festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The festival was organised by Department of Communication Sciences while the documentaries were provided by the UNICEF. The celebration aimed at screening short documentaries highlighting the significance of realising and promoting child rights.
The main objective of the festival was to generate awareness regarding children’s rights and to plan future actions through enabling students to act as strong advocates for child rights in Pakistan. During the festival a Bengali film titled “A Kind of Childhood” was showed to the students of Communication Sciences, Gender Studies and Bachelors of Computer Arts. The film entails the life story of a Bengali child named Idris documenting the complexities of balance and survival in a unique and personal story of ‘Childhood’ experience. The FJWU Radio VOW (FM 96.6 Mhz) also broadcast a special transmission to mark the day. Different reports and programs based on creating awareness on child rights were also aired.
Meanwhile, speakers at a seminar suggested the government to establish a Special National Fund (SNF) with the cooperation of industrial and trade organisations, politicians, chambers, NGOs and philanthropists for the poor families to relieve their children for education instead of doing labour in workshops, hotels and other work places.
Pakistan Aman Party (PAP) organised the seminar on the occasion of ‘International Children Day’ at Aman House Peshawar Road here on Friday.
Chairman PAP Haji Mohammad Gulzar Awan, Pakistan Peace Foundation president Pir Mohammad Zahid, Mudassar Munir Paracha advocate, Shahid Waheed, Ch Khurshid Anwar, Syed Atif Raza and Begum Shaheen Bashir addressed the seminar.
Speaking on the occasion, Gulzar Awan said that a large segment of children were deprived of educational facilities while 75 percent had no health facilities. “Most of the labour-bound children have to feed their families as they have no any alternate for earning bread and butter,” he added.
He said that government should address the compulsions that dragged the children in doing labour instead of having education.
Source: The News