MP Observatory organises discussion on child rights for school students

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Dec 2018 11:30:20


Staff Reporter,

MP Child Rights Observatory had organised a discussion session on child rights wherein 120 children from schools participated. Speaking at the event, Nirmala Buch, President Child Rights Observatory, said that it is important for children to express their opinion as this is their right and aim of school forums is to provide that space for children.

Anil Gulati, Communication Specialist UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund), Madhya Pradesh, spoke on the four core principles of the convention which are non-discrimination; the right to life, survival and development; best interest of the child and respect for the views of the child. He added that it is important that children get the space to share their views and platforms like this.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) defines 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, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origin, wealth, birth status, disability, or other characteristics.
These rights encompass freedom of children and their civil rights, family environment, necessary healthcare and welfare, education, leisure and cultural activities and special protection measures. The UNCRC outlines the fundamental human rights that should be afforded to children in four broad classifications that suitably cover all civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of every child.

Right to Survival includes right to minimum standards of food, shelter and clothing, right to live with dignity, right to health care etc. Governments should respect the rights and responsibilities of families to direct and guide their children so that, as they grow, they learn to use their rights properly.

Ashwani Kumar Tripathi, Education Consultant, UNICEF, used activity based methods with children, to talk about rights and issues they face and how do they see rights in their perspective. Children shared their thoughts, on education, child health, child labour, right to identity, play and others.

Though a noteworthy progress has been achieved, yet, there is still a long way to go in realising the rights of children. CRO member Rashmi Saraswat proposed a vote of thanks, Raghuraj Singh, Anurag Tripathi, Bhagwan Verma from CRO ,Madhya Pradesh and 12 teachers from different schools were also present in the programme.