Pokhara, September 14, 2016: An interaction programme has been organized today by District Child Forum in Kaski, to celebrate the Childrenâ€™s Day.
The programme organized in the hall of District Development Office saw an active interaction between 100 participants, including child-right activists, representatives of various child clubs, and stakeholders working in the sector.
Initiating the programme, Mr. Badri Prasad Wagle, the Child Rights Resource Person (CRRP) and Kunjani Pariyar Pyasi, District Child Welfare Board (DCWB) Kaski member shared about child rights in the Constitution of Nepal 2072. They also clarified on the topic Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG).
In the programme, the children participating the programme had an opportunity to have a direct interaction with the stakeholders in the sector. Representing different sectors including child clubs, from VDCs representatives, street children and orphanage children, they raised queries that mainly focused on their identity, e.g. the problem of getting the birth certificate, and the problem of getting citizenships. They also asked about the issues of child abuse, abortion of a girl child, involvement and recruiting of children in political parties despite of the restriction by law. They also made the stakeholders concerned that most of the handicapped children are not provided with 50% of discounts on public transportation, and needing to pay higher.
Though the Government of Nepal has allocated 10% of total budget in the sector of children every year, a really huge sum of money; the budget mostly freezes, and is not utilized properly.
There are many orphan children in Nepal, more than 1450 in Kaski district alone. The government has not done anything for their welfare. The children in the programme also asked the authorities concerned to have the provision of scholarships in school fees, and some percentage of discounts in health checkups and transportation for such children.
In the programme, numerous issues were also being discussed about the education in Kaski district; the situation of street children, the prevalence of child labor, and the strategies on what basis the education administration can put them into schools.
Also discussed in the programme were the issues of several earthquake-damaged schools and those needing quick reconstruction and repairment. The children also asked the authorities on when the school buildings would be reconstructed and repaired?
The participants also raised an issue that there is a provision for two students from a school needing to participate in school board members and having them in every meeting and decision making process in school, in Kaski only some schools have followed the rule. The children asked the stakeholders on how would they take the issue forward.
The stakeholders and representatives from different authorized bodies present in the programme answered the audience questions.
In the programme held on the chairmanship of Rashmi Bhattari, the president of District Child Forum Kaski, Mr. Hari Prasad Mainali, CDO of the district was honored as the Chief Guest. Similarly, the special guests were the Local Development Officer, Mr. Damofhar Bhanadari, Women Development Officer, Lamxi Devi GC, Regional Health Offer, Gandaki Zone, District Education Officer Ramanath Adhikari, the president of Network of Childrenâ€™s Home Kaski, Mr. Rajendra Gautam, the regional officer of Human rights, Mr. shiva khakurel and Mr. Ram Subedi, the Secretary of NGO Federation among others.
Childrenâ€™s Day is celebrated every year on Bhadra 29, as a special day for children. Before 2063 B.S. we used to celebrate childrenâ€™s day on Bhadra 5 on the occasion of one of the birthday of the Royal family. After 2063 B.S., We children started to celebrate Childrenâ€™s Day on Bhadra 29 on the occasion of our prime minister Krishna Pd. Bhattatari signed on the Child Rights Convection 1989 (CRC 1989) which has agreed by most of the countries in the world. Nepal has started securing child rights with 54 articles which are contained in CRC 1998.
By Deepak BK,
Pokhara Correspondent, Glocal Khabar