Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani
Iqbal Masih is dead, but his dream of education for all children lives on. Prime Minister, I urge you to take immediate action to abolish child bonded labor in every Pakistani Province. Your federal plan to build 2000 schools for Pakistani children is commendable.
Please continue to initiate executive pressure to discourage child labor and to encourage freedom and education for all children.
Iqbal Masih's brief life and big dreams can be memorialized by building a school in Iqbal's village. It is our hope that a coalition of Pakistani and American schoolchildren can work together to raise the funds necessary to build a school in Muridke for children like Iqbal. The land could be donated by local landlords. The Federal budget could pay the annual salary of the teacher. This joint effort would help to destroy negative stereotypes of Pakistanis or Americans. Positive relations, perhaps even friendships might grow out this campaign to build a school for Iqbal Masih. A school of hope could grow out the tragedy that was Iqbal's life.
Childhood should be a time of freedom and of education. Building schools
for children is proof of your belief and your policy on children : free to
learn ; free to play ; free to laugh and to grow.