Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government targets to offer the children a better life free from clutches of drugs, militancy, terrorism and corruption as she addressed a function coinciding with World Children Day and Child Rights Week.
“Our target is to give our children a beautiful and improved life free from the adverse impact of militancy, terrorism, narcotics and corruption,” she told the function at Bangladesh Shishu Academy in Dhaka.
The prime minister said the government will build Bangladesh as a developed and prosperous country so that today’s children can get a worthy future in the days to come as “we have been working to accomplish the goal.”
Spelling out Bangabandhu’s initiatives to offer the children a better life, she said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman made the primary education free for students and secondary education for girls.
Bangabandhu enacted the children law in 1974 to protect the rights of children, Sheikh Hasina said.
Ministry of women and children affairs organised the function with the slogan “Today’s children bring the light, keep the world well”.
State minister for women and children affairs Fazilatunnesa Indira presided over the function.
Chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Lucky Enam and deputy representative of UNICEF Veera Mendonka spoke at the event as special guests.
Secretary of the ministry Kamrun Nahar gave the welcome address.
Two children Rownak Jahan and Adil Kibria moderated the function while another two Mahzabin Rahman and Abdullah Al Hasan spoke on the occasion on behalf of the children.
A compilation of the letters written by children to the premier and a portrait of her, also drawn by a child, were handed over to Sheikh Hasina.
The prime minister witnessed a cultural programme and later joined a photo session with the children.
She earlier inspected newly digitised central library and freshly set up Bangabandhu corner on the Shishu Academy campus, having the books written by or on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his elder daughter prime minister Sheikh Hasina.
She also visited newly renovated Sheikh Russell Gallery and Sheikh Russell Art Gallery in Sheikh Russell Children Museum.
Extending greetings to the children on the occasion of the World Children Day and Child Rights Week-2019, Sheikh Hasina urged them to make themselves as worthy citizens of the country as they are the future of the nation.
The prime minister said children will lead the nation as they will be entrusted with leadership, adding that it is important to groom themselves with love, compassion and education so that they could make a positive impact on the world in future.
Stressing the need for ensuring fundamental rights of the children to give them a worthy life, she said “It is necessary to develop humanitarian qualities among the children to make the country as well as the world livable”
The prime minister highlighted various measures taken by the Awami League government to ensure health, education, recreation and welfare of the children.
In this perspective, the premier said the government has formulated the National Child Labour Abolition Policy-2010, National Child Policy-2011, Children Act-2013 and The Rights and Protection of the Individuals with Disabilities-2013, Prevention of Child Marriage Act-2018 and Bangladesh Children Academy Act-2018.
“We are providing financial assistance for the welfare of children, including school dropouts, differently-able and underprivileged ones,” she added.
Stressing the need for sports and physical exercise along with education for children, she said, “We want our children develop themselves being imbued with the ideology of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”
In this context, the prime minister said “Mini stadiums are being built at every upazila to make opportunity for the children to play”.
She however said the children are bringing many international awards participating in sports events in foreign lands adding that girls are doing better than that of boys in sports.
The prime minister said Bangladesh has regained its lost dignity since the Awami League government has been in power for the 11 years consecutively and called upon all to keep the dignity intact.