News ID: 128720
Published: 0240 GMT October 11, 2015

SWO to establish child welfare centers

SWO to establish child welfare centers

Iran's State Welfare Organization (SWO) plans to set up welfare centers for children and their families in five provinces as a pilot project.


Arezo Zokaei, SWO director for children's affairs, said the centers will be established in Tehran, Khuzestan, Sistan-Baluchestan, East Azarbaijan and Fars provinces, wrote IRNA.

"These centers will provide welfare and educational services such as relevant counseling, screening and skill training courses for children," she said.

The official noted that children can use these services after school and do their homework in the centers.

Zokaei said families can also benefit from educational courses conducted in the centers. "The courses pertain to skills for bringing up children and communicating with them as well as children's health. Families can also stay with their children for two hours in the centers and use psychological and counseling services."

The SWO official said the services will be offered to children who are under seven years old and those aged between 7 and 12 years.

She stressed that the centers' services are not free of charge but the tariffs are very low.

Zokaei said self-training educational packages, including health, psychological and spiritual care are being designed to improve the services offered in the centers.

Iran's State Welfare Organization aims to expand rehabilitation and supportive services for the handicapped and the deprived. It also seeks to prevent mental and physical disabilities as well as social vulnerabilities.



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