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Deputy education minister seeks written suggestions on child policies

Admitting the fact, the country has some limitations of capacity, and resources to implement all policies at the grassroots, the deputy minister added that the government is making plans to remove all the barriers which are holding back the country

Update : 17 Nov 2019, 09:18 PM

Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury suggested that  organisations that are working for children’s rights policies should place their suggestions to the government, so that it can help the government to work on changing the policies on children’s rights accordingly.

Mohibul stated this at a discussion of Save the Children which celebrates the 30-year anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights (UNCRC) on Sunday.

Admitting the fact, the country has some limitations of capacity, and resources to implement all policies at the grassroots, the deputy minister added that the government is making plans to remove all the barriers which are holding back the country.   

“The government has taken various initiatives such as the distribution of new books, the publication of Braille system books, etc. We want to ensure that the children end up getting all the rights described in the UNCRC. We hope it will be achieved through a series of our efforts,” the deputy minister added. 

Mohibul praised Save The Children for their advocacy in achieving children’s rights


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Citing the example of banning corporal punishment in schools, the deputy minister said this whole thing has created dichotomy as teachers complain that students tend to ignore, and disobey them. 

On the other hand, many students and guardians have gone to the police, complaining that teachers had mistreated their kids. 

Citing the situation to be problematic, Additional secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs,  Rafiqul Islam said: “ The teachers needs to change their attitude towards the students, so that a student can properly learn from them.”

However, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, ensuring proper physical and mental development, education, and sports environment for children are much needed, Rafiqul Islam said. 

Zahara Tuss Meher, general secretary of the Central Committee of the National Children's Task Force, presided over the program.

Abdulla Al Mamun, director of the Child Rights Governance and Child Protection Sector, Save the Children in Bangladesh, presented a paper in the program. 

He highlighted Bangladesh’s progress, and future plans in implementing child rights so far, after signing with UNCRC. 

In his presentation, he said that Bangladesh has achieved significant success in reducing newborn, and maternal mortality rates. 

Besides, the death rate of newborns has dropped from 87 to 34 per thousand. 82% of children are completing primary education. 

Moreover, the government has been successful in distributing new books, and improving the education infrastructure. 

However, further steps need to be taken in terms of torture, physical and mental punishment, child marriage, child labour, child participation, protection of Rohingya children, etc. 

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