Promoting Child Rights

Expectations from political aspirants and leaders

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The survey brought out a number of issues which children expect future politicians to work on to ensure child rights. It was seen that children consider government, people of the community, political as well as religious leaders as key personalities for ensuring their rights.
Of the total number of children surveyed, 77 per cent believed that political aspirants at local level can be possible actors who can take action to ensure child rights. Another 57 per cent identified parliamentarians as possible actors for ensuring child rights.

Children’s expectation from political aspirants included:

* A separate ministry for children only
* A separate management committee for children on national level that will solely work for children and their rights
* Protection of child rights being supervised and enhanced by the government
* Banning of children’s participation in political activities
* Availability of inclusive services for children with disabilities in every form of     service delivery
* Ensuring children’s rights to quality education
* Inclusion of a special lesson on child rights and protection in academic syllabus and national board curriculum
* Freeing all academic institutions from politics
* Proper training of teachers of primary and secondary level and banning private coaching classes of the teachers
* Special care and services for the children from disaster prone areas
* Free access to all entertainment parks and playgrounds for children
* Rehabilitation programme for the street-based children and orphans
* Child-friendly spots for entertainment in each zilla (district) and upazilla (sub-district)
* Compulsory library and laboratory facilities in every school
* A compulsory counselor for children in every school
* A drug-free society ensuring secure and flawless growth of all children of the country
* Banning foreign TV channels and programmes which have negative impact on the children and replacing those by cartoon series like Meena and Bangladeshi production
* Ensuring birth registration for children from rehabilitation camps and children of sex workers
* Stopping child trafficking increase the access to internet for the children and facilitate it’s use by different infrastructural development in the rural areas
* Suggestion/complain box, maintained by children in premises of every school/academic institution
* Special facility for the child health care, free medicine, and treatment for children
* More involvement of local leaders in establishment of children’s rights

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