1) Workshop with Education Department (sub office of Ministry of Education) in Faisalabad District was conducted on 1 April, 2009 where government officers were sentized about the importance of Inclusive Education and UNCRPD. Later, MOU was signed under ‘Public Private Partnership’ between Education Department and TCCP in order to promote IE in the government schools, provide IE awareness and teacher training of Government schools. TCCP received later of commitment from Education Department to perform IE activities in government primary schools.
Tamir Cheshire Community Programme, (TCCP) www.tamir.org Pakistan has been partner with Ministry of Social Welfare department since 2000 in the eradication of polio from the society. Government has double its efforts to create awareness in the society regarding polio vaccination and its campaign. This summer, as part of a campaign targeting 27.7 million children across Pakistan, authorities arrested 470 parents in the Peshawar region for refusing to allow their children to be vaccinated.
The number of confirmed cases has grown from 58 in 2012 to 328+ in 2015 coinciding with increasing attacks on polio workers – 79 vaccinators or security staffs working to protect them have been killed since 2012.
On 9 September 2015, TCCP alongwith Government officials, parliamentarians and members of civil society carried out Polio Awareness Rally in the District Faisalabad. Participants have play cards with the massage of polio eradication and promotion of vaccination.
Polio vaccinators across Pakistan are facing increasing resistance and threats as they seek to prevent a growing caseload of sick children.Women are frequently targeted, with hard line clerics criticising their presence in the field, arguing they should be at home.
Each year Tamir-Cheshire Community Programme’ (www.tamir.org.pk) observe International Disability Day on 3rd December ‘in the District Faisalabad for the sensitization of local community on disability issue and promote the rights of disabled people.
Tamir with the support of Leonard Cheshire Disability, Allied Bank and Social Welfare Department carried out awareness rally by promoting (United Nation Convention on the Rights of People with Disability) UNCRPD and demand the rights of disabled people.
People from all walk of life specially disabled people, family members of disabled, community leaders, women and children, Tamir staff and government official participated with great enthusiasm in this awareness walk and rally passed through the street slums of Faisalabad, whereas all Print Media and Electronic Media such as ‘Express TV Channel’ On-Air this advocacy activity on Television for nation wide awareness. Participants were demanding rights of Disabled People and chanting slogan to ratify the UNCRPD.
Vice Chairman Mr. Bukshish Yousaf and EDO Community Development Mr. Chaudhry Nawaz gave interview to TV channel and News Reporters and said.
‘Pakistan is signatory of UNCRPD on 25th September, 2008 but till today this convention have not been ratify by the government so we demand that government should ratify this convention as soon as possible. Our NGO, Tamir Welfare Organization always promote and protect the human rights of all persons with disabilities, including those who require more support that is intensive and the importance of individual autonomy and independence, including the freedom to make their own choices.
It was emphasizes that children with disabilities should have full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms as other children and the family is the natural fundamental unit, which is entitled to get protection by government and society. It is vital that persons with disabilities and their family members should receive the necessary protection and assistance to enable families to contribute towards the full and equal enjoyment of the rights of persons with disabilities.’
About 200 community people participated in this advocacy campaign.