"Equity From Start"
Pakistan has a population of 200 million people. 22.4 million children are under four years of age, nearly forty percent under five years of age suffer from malnutrition, 31% of children age five are out of school
( NIPS Report 2013, Nutrition & Consumers Protection FAO Country profiles, news report Dawn April 10, 2013)
They are built on the successes of Millennium Development Goals to complete unfinished agenda.
Parwaan is set up by the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training in collaboration with Children's Global Network Pakistan as an inter-sectoral interlocutor providing an umbrella for policy, planning and intervention for children between the ages of (0-3) and (3-6) years.
Parwaan is geared to widen attention from children's survival to their full development, employing comprehensive, integrated approaches that engage all sectors-education, family and social protection, health, and nutrition.
Today in Pakistan poverty and other deprivations, such as violence, abuse, conflict, insufficient nurturing and care, and limited social interaction and stimulation, have devastating, lifelong effects on our young children.
The United Nations' launch of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 accelerated the world's focus on children. Four (MDGs 2, 4, 5, and 6) were aimed at reducing child and maternal mortality and infectious diseases and promoting education.
The Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (2, 3 and 4) further motivated countries to keep on the track towards more prosperous and equitable world.
Parwaan believes that early human development is a powerful equalizer, as investments in early childhood yield significant long-term benefits that narrow the gap between high and low-income families. Investing in disadvantaged young children promotes not only fairness and social justice but at the same time stimulates productivity in the economy and in society at large. It promotes environmental sensitivity, and can break intergenerational cycle of poverty.