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Child Rights Toolkit launched

UNICEF representative Marianne Flach hands over a copy of the child’s tool kit to EU Ambassador Robert Kopecky UNICEF representative Marianne Flach hands over a copy of the child’s tool kit to EU Ambassador Robert Kopecky

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) representative Marianne Flach said investment in the child should be a top most priority, as this will allow them to become positive members of society.
She expressed the sentiments at the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the launching of a children's toolkit on Wednesday.
"Children should be our highest priority, and we should invest time and resources into ensuring that all children have the opportunity to survive and thrive, and grow up to reach their full potential. Investing in the health, education and protection for children, especially the most vulnerable groups, can contribute positively to improving their lives, communities, and society as a whole," she said.
The toolkit is basically a manual aimed to provide practical guidance on how to integrate a child right approach in developing programmes, budgets, policy and law-making.

It offers a collection of tools and hands-on guidance on how children's rights and initiatives to promote the well-being of children can effectively be applied to all programmes in development assistance.

The toolkit consists of eight modules on key areas, each containing associated tools for application.
Flach, Family for Every Child Senior Advisor Kate Riordan and EU Ambassador Robert Kopecky, all spoke on the importance of recognising the rights of children and the importance of empowering them.
"Across the world, thousands of children are denied the rights which many of us often take for granted. Many are still unable to go to school. They are recruited into armed forces. They are forced into marriage at an early age. They have to work to provide for their family. In short, they are denied the basic human rights and the opportunity to meet their full potential as they grow up," Ambassador Kopecky said.

Additionally, Flach noted that even though society's efforts are progressive, there still continues to be high rates of violence and abuse which can cause great harm to children who may be witnesses or victims.
"We must all commit to breaking the silence and put an end to all forms of abuse against children."
Since the establishment of the Rights of the Child Convention some 25 years ago, there has been a drastic decrease in the number of children who suffer.
More children have access to safety, security, protection, health-care, education and basic attention.

Stakeholders such as Governments and society are working more to ensure the rights of children are recognised. More countries develop schemes and programmes to ensure more children have access to better home and safer environments.
Riordan said, "We also know that countless more children still wait for their rights to be realised."

The launching of the Childs Right Toolkit took place at the EU Ambassador's residence. The evening saw a dramatic performance from the Merundoi cast, singing from Nia Allen and Achasha Harte and a steelpan selection from the Lodge Secondary School.

 

Source: Guyanatimes

Written on Friday, 21 November 2014 Published in UN in the News Read 1476 times