3 April 2009 Pakistan Press International Information Services
Islamabad, April 02 (PPI): Federal Secretary of Welfare and Special Education, Imtiaz Qazi, Thursday said ten percent of the total population of Pakistan consisted of special persons and Ministry of Special Education and Welfare trying its level best to provide better opportunities to them in each walk of life.
He said this while addressing National Art competition titled Meri Dunya kay Rang held here in a local hotel organized by Agha Khan Council for Pakistan. The Secretary appreciated the painting done by students of special schools. He applauded the Agha Khan Council of Pakistan for arranging the Art Competition.
He pointed out that special persons and children had a lot of potentials and its exposure was needed attention. These children had proved their capabilities by such a good paintings, he added. He informed that in 1998 there were only 2.49 persons of the total population of the country, which is now increased to 10 percent regarding the survey conducted by World Health Organization (WHO).
There are 3.2 millions disable persons including 1.3 millions female. While talking to this reporter Instructor of Government School for Blind Shamsabad Rawalpindi, Shazia termed the arrangement competition as an excellent trend for the special children.
Arrangement of such competition would encourage the disable children, she added. Hamza Army Public School for Special children, G-11/ 4, Instructor, Miss Shoaib said that the school provided hygienic foods and shelter to the special children. These services are generously provided these children, she arrogantly said.
180 Students from the special children schools of Islamabad and Rawalpindi participated in the National Art competition titled Meri Dunya Rang. The Competition was aimed to provide children with disabilities the opportunities to showcase their talents from positive public platform that provided recognition of their abilities along side the promotion of an inclusive society.
Members of the civil society, corporate sector, media and bureaucracy participated in the Exhibition which followed the competition in order to generate greater awareness of the potential of people with disabilities as positive and equal contribution to all aspects of society.
Participants offered two categories to choose from, Painting/ drawing or Calligraphy. Their chosen category was expressed in watercolours, pencils or crayons. The requisite supplies for their medium of choice were provided Network of Organizations Working for Persons With Disabilities in Pakistan (NOWPDP).
The Competition had been planned as a nationwide event. It took place in Karachi at the Agha Khan University last Month, in which the participants of over 130 children with disabilities from organizations across Karachi and Hyderabad participated.