children involved in skill classes
Child sexual abuse is a form of child abuse in which an adult or older adolescent uses a child for sexual stimulation. Forms of child sexual abuse include asking or pressuring a child to engage in sexual activities (regardless of the outcome), incident exposure with intent to gratify their own sexual desires or to intimidate or groom the child, physical sexual contact with a child, or using a child to produce child pornography.
City : Quetta, Pakistan
Beneficiaries: Street children involved in Commercial Sex
Children registered in CPC: 115
Category of children
Literacy class:, English language class: Computer literacy: LSBE session: Religious education:
Health & Hygiene: Skill development: TTB certification: PCC meetings:
The children underwent different stages of prevention and rehabilitation activities to become a useful member of the society. The children have been relieved from their mental traumas through psychosocial counseling and variety of recreational activities. In order to reduce the level of their economic dependency they have been provided trainings in vocational skills that have high market demands. The trained children were facilitated for trade and testing board certification for a better future.
Qandeel center is established at Abdul Sattar Road Quetta for the rehabilitation of CSEC and CSA children. Children identified through Social mobilization are then categorized into different categories including CSA, CSEC and vulnerable. Children are registered into the center formally through the medical checkup and history taking.
Psychologist in the centre asses the needs of the children according to their mental and physical conditions and prepare a chart of assistance which would provide to the children during the rehabilitation process.
Children are provided with formal and non formal education to the children with proper English language and computer literacy classes. Religious education and life skill based education is also provided to the children to capacitate them according to the need of the hour.
Skill development of the children is also taken into account and children are provided with skill trainings on different trades including Tailoring, bids work and mobile repairing. Children who have successfully completed their skill development course are certified through Trade & Testing Board after formal test of the candidates.
Apart from the above mentioned major activities children are also provided with nutritional supplements keeping in view their nutritional requirements, moreover legal sessions and aid is also provided to the vulnerable children. Child associations play their role effectively for the protection and prevention of children in their schools and communities, they were provided with legal education to be aware of their rights and a referral mechanism was developed with them.
The Street Children face major health problems as they wander over the streets where they eat unhygienic food and as a result become infected with various fatal diseases. Unsafe sexual practices also make these street children subject to various sexually transmitted infections/diseases and HIV/AIDS.
Impact of activities
- 14 children were mainstreamed in Formal Schooling
- 38 children get their Certification for Trade and Testing board
- 64 Children were provided legal education
- 17 children were sent for counter training to learn the skill to deal customers at the mobile repairing shops.
- 2 PCCs took step to ban the small cabins in the internet cafe.
- 4 cases of CSEC were referred by Child associations.
Case Study of beneficiary:
The reprehensible social stigma of children’s exploitation is one of the harsh truths that are hard to swallow and indemnify as create an agony in the society.
A reflection of this, is the story of Nooroz Khan , 16 years old, residents of Killi Qasian, one of the small settlement in the city. Engraved with the notion of tradition and culture, family of Nooroz khan is deeply conservative and patriarchal. With the strong religious orientation, family also believes in education as essential but do less for this .
The parents of Nooroz khan was least concerned about their child and was unaware of his activities. Father mostly remains out of town for his business and mortify his son because nooroz khan wanted to acquire education. Nooroz khan left school due to the reasons of teacher’s maltreatment; start dwelling in the street, wasting time at gaming zones and other absurd spots .
Due to extrication from school and family environment, a negative attitude developed in Nooroz khan. He misbehaves with her mother and barely respects her elders. Due to parking in bad affiliation, nooroz khan personality came to halt. Nooroz started to sit in bad community and visiting gaming zones, mini cinemas on regular basis where he finds that the young boys are involved in Commercial Sex and the perpetrators who are using them providing them money, gifts and other luxuries. Nooroz seemed very impressed and as he was not looked by his father of other relative he indulged in the business of commercial sex.
Children’s in the Child Protection Center are those who are sexually exploited or distracted because of the negligence of family. These children’s remains in the center in day time and returns back to their homes, which let them face same family treatment. They continually indulge in their gauche activities and often refuse to join the center. Due to the reason of repeating exposure to hostile environment, retention of children’s in the center remained one of the critical tasks, in the project line up.
Due to the maltreatment of Nooroz’s father, he also faced similar suffering and remained absent in the center for several months. After frequent follow-up and counseling he rejoined the center, for which project team exerted another thread of efforts to retrieve him to normal activities.
SEHER is working with the children’s at various levels under different programmatic themes, in which saving the life of distracted children’s is one of the lead. These children’s need a proper line up for which IMTIZAJ is exemplary to cite in. Fulfilling ,the objective of IMTIZAJ and requirement of the child trafficking scenario, is the model of Child protection center where children’s like Norooz khan are mobilized, personalized and treaded towards normal life . Nooroz khan was identified by the CPC team and brought to the center in 2009.
To rectify the negative behavior of Noorooz khan project team exerted various counseling session with him and mobilized him to join the center. Upon several counseling attempts and follow-ups, Nooroz Khan became regular child in the center.
SEHER under the project has initiated skill development classes for the children of CPC so that they can be involved in positive activities and at the same time learn skills to earn their livelihood in a respectful way. After his attainment in CPC, Nooroz khan starts indulging himself in various activities and showed interest in the skill learning. This was a radical change observed in him and he learned various mobile repairing techniques in the center.
Along with the Nooroz khan will’ of learning mobile repairing skill, project team traced him towards education, provided awareness on different subjects which helped in molding his behavior in positive manner.
Nooroz khan was also provided with medical assistance as he was facing with different psychical injuries. He was checked by doctor available at CPC and medicines were also provide to him.
The Fall out
Nooroz khan with a journey of about three years in the child protection center came up with an evident success. He learned various skills and is now employed in the CPC as skill trainer for mobile repairing.
With the honor of earning independently, raised the income of his family and Nooroz khan’s confidence as well. With extended financial range and increased motivation, Nooroz khan yearns to acquire more technical skills. He is now treated with respect in her family and his father bear polite and humble behavior towards him.