AKU team publishes book on child rights
A Rightful World on child rights authored by Dr. Kishwar Enam and Shelina Bhamani, edited by Maliha Fazal and illustrated by Maria Riaz was launched at AKUH's EDH building on November 17.
The book's release is a call to action, emphasizing the need to improve child rights education. It was attended by Dean Adil Haider, Chair of Paediatrics Dr. Fyezah Jehan, Chair of Obstetrics & Gynecology Dr. Lumaan Sheikh, and Chief Nursing Officer Khairunnissa Hooda.
Dean Adil commended the collaborative spirit at AKUH that fosters such meaningful projects, stating, "The best thing about working at AKUH is having access to passionate experts like Dr. Kishwar Enam and Dr. Shelina Bhamani, whose drive and commitment have been instrumental in this vital work." He emphasized the significance of educating children about their rights, particularly those who do not see rights upheld in their own homes. Dean Ali Haider added, "Understanding and advocating for one's rights is the foundation of a just society, and it starts with the youngest among us."
Dr. Kishwar Enam, reflecting on her debut publication, said, "Our aim was to craft a resource that empowers children to understand and articulate their rights in a supportive environment, ensuring they know their voices are heard and safeguarded."
Dr. Shelina Bhamani, the co-author, who is also passionate about early childhood education, emphasized the book's wide accessibility. "We've made 'A Rightful World' free of charge, affirming our belief that literacy is a fundamental right of every child." She noted the book's potential to educate both underprivileged and privileged children, teaching them not to take their rights for granted.
Dr. Fyezah Jehan spoke of the book's impact, "It serves as an important educational tool and should be adapted into formats like videos to reach wider audiences." She underlined the value of the child health helpline, urging the community to support this critical service.
The book is available in English and Urdu.