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NICP community workshop in Dimapur

DIMAPUR, Nov 23
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Published on 24 Nov. 2012 12:19 AM IST
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One-day workshop on National Initiative for Child Protection (NICP) was organised at DC Conference Hall Dimapur on November 23 with various community based organizations.

The main purpose of the workshop to disseminate and sensitize on CHILDLINE 1098, Juvenile justice Act, various child protection issues and scenario of children in Dimapur and Right to Education Act.

The workshop was graced by Deputy Commissioner Dimapur N. Hushili Sema who is also the chairperson of childline advisory board Dimapur. She stressed that as parents one have their responsibilities towards children for their safety, protection, development and a bright future and the main purpose of the workshop was to spread awareness and share the need to care and protect children from all kinds of harm.

She urged participants to treat all children as equal irrespective of any discrimination and extend full care and support towards the children.

Highlighting some of the present scenario of children in Dimapur and child protection issues she appreciated CHILDLINE Dimapur for its relentless efforts despite all barriers to provide service and help to children in need of care and protection and for rescuing them from various harms.

She further urged all participants to share and spread the message at all levels and be a concern adult and to join hands and assist CHILDLINE towards developing a child friendly environment and a safe society for children protecting them from any kind of harm or abuse so as to make Dimapur a child abuse free and be an example to other cities.

Subonenba Longkumer, nodal director CHILDLINE Dimapur presented CHILDLINE 1098, a project under the ministry of women and child development under the aegis of government of India and is a National 24 hour free emergency helpline (1098) and outreach service for children in need of care and protection.

CHILDLINE intervenes whenever cases arises and carries out necessary formalities and actions to rescue children and further restore them or provide rehabilitation and link them with long term services.

 He also mentioned the various categories of children such as street children, child addicts, labourers, disaster affected, HIV and AIDS infected children, disabled children dealt by CHILDLINE.

He further highlighted on the basis of Juvenile Justice Act (JJAct) and the relevant statutory provisions, composition and structures and listed the rights of the children according to United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which includes Right to Survival ; Right to Protection; right to Development and Right to Participation. Categorizing the children under the JJACT he cited several cases of children in need of care and protection and children in conflict with law in the context of Dimapur.

Further on Neiketulie Chawang ,City Coordinator CHILDLINE Dimapur presented scenario of children in Dimapur with reference to some of the case studies of CHILDLINE and the core child protection issues in Dimapur.

Lozua Kape, Team Member presented on the Right to Education Act which makes education a fundamental right of every child between the ages of 6 and 14 and specifies minimum norms in elementary schools.

The Act also provides that no child shall be held back, expelled, or required to pass a board examination until the completion of elementary education. The quality of education provided by the government system remains in question.

While it remains the largest provider of elementary education in the country forming 80% of all recognized schools, it suffers from shortages of teachers, infrastructural gaps and several habitations continue to lack schools altogether.

 
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