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A large majority of urban and rural children said they were not getting adequate healthcare services while 84 per cent of children opined that their families could not afford it. Children of geographically isolated areas, including tea gardens and hard-to-reach areas such as haor, coastal areas and the Chittagong Hill Tracts also referred to the unavailability and inaccessibility of healthcare facilities.
Children expect that political leaders and aspirants should ensure free healthcare services for all children. Other responses included providing male and female doctors for male and female children, arranging counseling services for children in health facilities, ensuring child-friendly behaviour by service providers, free medicine, and weekly medical visits to schools.
Right to entertainment
As for ensuring entertainment for children, 83 per cent mentioned building playgrounds in communities, 73 per cent stated the need for cultural organizations in the community, followed by having parks, establishing sports facilities, building libraries, and zoos.
Right to work
Children believe it is their right not to work during their childhood. Children should get chance to study and live in a healthy environment so that they can get a better future. Political aspirants should take steps so that people do not keep child labour at their work place.
As many of the children are also involved with income generating activities they believe they do not get appropriate salary and also the payment are not made on due time. About the working environment children want those to be drug and smoke free as this kind of drug are not good for health and being in close contact with such drug or tobacco related products allure children to pick up smoking themselves
In respect to right to work or children’s expectations from political aspirants, their demands are: (i) no unjustified lobbying by the political aspirants, (ii) fair return of labor, (iii) payment on due time, (iv) favourable working condition and (v) rights for those who work as domestic help.
Children do not like strike
A large number of children, 86 per cent, opined that strikes affect their lives.
Children felt insecure during hartals (general strikes), as they cannot leave their house due to security reasons. Seventy one per cent of children complained that hartals disrupt their schooling.
According to the children the most immediate effect of hartal for children is on their education as they cannot go to schools and schools remain closed during hartal.
Whether children would join politics in future
In response to the question on whether they would join politics in future, 74 per cent of urban children and 65 per cent of rural children opined that they do not want to get involved in politics. The percentage of girls who expressed their reluctance to join politics in future was higher in urban areas than in rural areas.
Among the respondents, in response to the question of why they did not want to take part in politics, 84 per cent said that they do not like politics because they felt politics is associated with corruption and violence.