'Bonded child labour needs to be addressed'

LAHORE - A Swedish academician has expressed concern over the enhanced bonded child labour in brick kiln industry. The government and the well to do persons and human rights organisations need to work tirelessly to address this problem. Prof Dr Rodney Asberg of Pakistan Swedish Teachers Association expressed these views while addressing the brick kiln owners and labour children at a seminar held under the auspices of Pak Society for Training and Awareness on Monday. He said his organisation had set up more than 300 schools on the brick kilns where labour children were studying from class one to 10. The professor felt satisfaction that more than 250 children associated with brick kilns were studying in matric. He said the above said schools were providing free books, uniform and other material to the students. Saeed Ahmad Awan, Human Resources Labour Department Punjab, said the Punjab government was in touch with the labour children and their families to provide them facilities besides schools were being to set up and problems of the brick kiln workers were being addressed. Shoaib Khan Niazi, President Brick Kilns Association, Mehr Abdul Haq, Director Labour Cap Jahanzeb and Brick Kiln labourers also spoke on the occasion.

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