The project Listening to the Experts, which is being implemented in five districts of Pakistan (i.e., Chakwal, Muzaffargarh, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Karachi
The ‘Time to Talk’ is a pool of research methods and approaches to consult working children and take and use their perspectives to inform the policy makers and practitioners. This research toolbox is to assist local civil society partners in how to consult, facility, and document children’s voices. This toolkit is based on the primary and secondary data and prepared in process/stages. In the first stage, a of already existing toolkits prepared and applied by various organizations were reviewed. Most of the tools in the toolkits or manuals were prepared/designed in view of the refugee children or peace activities. However, an extremely few of those were linked to working children. However, some easy to be used tools were selected. Easy in the sense that it is an extremely onerous task to gather working children at a place because of the barriers imposed by their families and employers. In the second stage, all tools were converted/reframed to address working children’s specific issues in the Pakistani context.
This is a prime aim is to educate, enable and train stakeholders, especially NGOs, about diverse child-friendly and ethical tools to efficiently and effectively take working children’s views and then advocate and promote their views and opinions related to challenges and problems they face at the workplace and in society. The toolkit’s particular goals include increasing NGOs’ capacity to analyze children’s rights abuses from the perspective of working children. While working with children, these NGOs will identify the most pressing issues that need to be addressed, as well as the important actors that can help advocate and implement solutions. It is critical to educate ourselves and break away from the prejudices that currently prevent youngsters from participating in society.
This is also aims to increase knowledge and understanding of child labor, the definition of hazardous occupations, and effects and impacts on child wellbeing, health, and future physically, psychologically, and emotionally. It also aims to provide an understanding of the state instruments (provincial and national legislation) of child rights in comparison with international child rights treaties signed by Pakistan and the status of implementation. Moreover, it aims to outline a process including module methodology of consultation, standards to consult children, specific tools to enable children to vocal for consultation, defining process of collect findings, suitable time of consultation, and othe