Distressed children need support for protection of rights
03 November 2015, Nirapad News: Highlighting the aspects of ensuring child-friendly atmosphere in the society, speakers at a view-sharing meeting here today mentioned that all the government and non-government organizations concerned should come forward towards protecting the legitimate rights of the distressed children in Char (river bed) areas.
They viewed children irrespective of privileged and underprivileged are equal in the eyes of law. So, there is no way but to protect the rights of children living in scattered areas like char.
The observation came in a participatory discussion styled “Role of Society in life cycle Char areas children” held at Safawang Restaurant in Rajshahi city. Incidin Bangladesh and NCTF Bangladesh jointly organized the discussion in association with ‘Child Rights in Higher Academia in Bangladesh Project’ and Save the Children.
In the meeting, the vulnerable issues of Char Mazar Diar and its Char Nabi Nagar Govt. Primary School under Paba Upazila were discussed elaborately for devising ways and means to overcome their problems collectively.
Additional Director of Department of Narcotics Control Mujibur Rahman Patwari addressed the discussion as the chief guest with Mushfiqur Rahman, Operation Chief of Incidin Bangladesh, in the chair.
District Children Affairs Officer Mosharraf Hossain Prodhan, Paba Upazila Vice Chairman Begum Khairunnessha, Upazila Education Officer Saiful Islam, Upazila Youth Development Officer Syed Ali Reza and Headmaster of Char Nabi Nagar Rakhi Bhattacharia also spoke.
During his keynote presentation, Prof Dr Zulfiqur Ali Islam of Department of Sociology of Rajshahi University put forward a set of recommendations on how to uplift the living and livelihood condition of the children.
Quoting his findings he says the children suffer from malnutrition due to lack of awareness on nutritious foods and other essentials. As a result, they suffer from various diseases, even the fragile condition of health forces them to leave schooling at an early age.
Chief guest Mujibur Rahman Patwari said all the children need teaching of positive family and social values.
Many of the children become vulnerable every year due to various reasons and voiced for bringing them back to the institutional learning so they can avail the scopes of education like other privileged ones, he added.