Educo, in alliance with ‘Joining Forces- Child Rights Now! Bangladesh’ launched a National Child Rights Situation Report titled ‘Route to rights: Children are speaking up’ on September 24, 2019 at Spectra Convention Centre. The report unveiled Child Rights Situation Analysis and forwarded recommendations to address the existing gaps ahead of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child to take stock of progress towards realizing children’s rights and respond to the unfinished agenda. MA Mannan, Minister, Ministry of Planning was the chief guest at the event. Shamsul Haque Tuku, President of the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights, Sayeda Rubina Akter, Honourable Member of the Parliament, Zuyena Aziz, Senior Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare, Professor Dr. Syed Md. Golam Faruk, Director General of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education were present as special guests.

During his speech, Planning Minister MA Mannan asked the experts working in the sector to design new projects particularly for children who are underprivileged and differently-abled. He assured of assistance in getting the projects approved soon.

“We are committed to ensuring child rights. There are some vulnerable sections in our society — women, children and persons with disabilities. We will timely approve the projects for them,” said Mannan.

Shamsul Haque Tuku reiterated the government’s resolution in ensuring child rights in Bangladesh. “Awami League, since its inception, has always strived to protect every child”, he said. “We are a child-friendly government”, he added.

Johny M Sarkar, Country Director, Educo Bangladesh emphasized Educo’s partnership with the Government of Bangladesh: “WE would like to work with the Government and under their leadership, we are ready to work and find solutions both on ‘LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND’ and improving the quality of education to make good citizen of tomorrow’s Bangladesh.”

‘Joining Forces: Child Rights Now’ is a joint initiative of 6 organizations. The initiative plans to advocate for renewed commitment to achieve the rights of all children and the Convention as well as to integrate a child rights focus in measuring the Sustainable Development Goals.

All Country Heads from six organizations, representatives from INGOs/NGOs, donor agencies, youth, community leaders, media representatives were present at the event.

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