Seminar on child rights & protection

Seminar on child rights & protection
Awan Konyak addressing at the one day seminar on child rights and protection at Kohima Wednesday. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 18 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/18/2019 11:29:39 AM IST

Considering that only 27% of Indian children live in urban zones and an overwhelming 73% live in rural areas, chairperson Nagaland State Commission for Protection of Child Rights Awan Konyak said it was important to expand access to social protection programmes for children.

Addressing at the one-day seminar on child rights and protection for government teachers, organized by the department of School Education, Wednesday at its conference hall, the chairperson said when a good portion of a student’s day was spent in schools, the responsibility of the school to provide child protection becomes top priority.

Konyak said one way to go forward would be to train all the employees of the school by creating and implementing a comprehensive child protection strategy which adhere to the key principle that children have to be safeguarded from any harm.

She reminded that according to Child Rights and You (CRY) over 33 million children in India, between the ages of 5 and 18 years, work as child laborers at tea stalls, factories, construction sites and even as domestic help and they are vulnerable to exploitation that can affect the course of the rest of their lives.

Asserting that schooling was the one experience that most children worldwide have in common and the means to prepare the young for the future, however she regretted that schooling was not always a positive experience for children. She elaborated that this included being forced into unfurnished classrooms, hunger, thirst or sick or it can mean being frightened by threats of punishment, humiliation, bullying or even violence at the hands of teachers and fellow pupils. These she said thwarted learning, making them worse.

Asserting that visionaries of the world understood that peace meant guaranteeing every person certain rights that are conditional for humanity, Konyak said education being one of the most important all children deserve a chance to grow up in a safe and secure environment that helps them to learn.

She also informed that United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) defined child rights as the minimum entitlements and freedoms that should be afforded to every citizen below the age of 18 regardless of race, national origin, color, gender, language, religion, opinions, origin, wealth, birth status, disability, or other characteristics.

Member Child Welfare Committee Akumla Longchari spoke on the roles and responsibilities of child welfare committee while director Prodigal’s Home K. Ela spoke on child protection and teachers: child friendly approach and coordinator.

Speaking on overview of related cases received and intervened by Childline Kohima, Neingutuonuo Kulnu said there are 657 total number of cases received while 329 total cases are received from school going children.  

Earlier director School Education Wonthung Tsopoe welcomed the gathering while additional director Razouseyi Vese proposed concluding remark.

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