UNICEF in­vites in­no­va­tive ideas for chil­dren’s bet­ter­ment

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UNICEF is invit­ing young peo­ple through­out the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion to share in­no­va­tive ideas to im­prove the lives of chil­dren, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

The cre­ators of the most promis­ing ideas, sub­mit­ted via an on­line por­tal un­til 4 Septem­ber this year, will be in­vited to at­tend a three-day boot­camp in Malaysia

On 7-8 Novem­ber 2016 the Gov­ern­ment of Malaysia will be host­ing the third High Level Meet­ing for Co­op­er­a­tion on Child Rights (HLM3) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ul­ti­mately, the three winners’ projects will be pre­sented to re­gional lead­ers at a ma­jor international event, and the young in­no­va­tors will re­ceive seed fund­ing and men­tor­ship to carry the projects for­ward.

Over the years, many im­por­tant prom­ises and com­mit­ments have been made the world over to en­sure that the rights of chil­dren are pro­tected and pro­moted in their best in­ter­ests.

Chil­dren’s rights are hu­man rights for chil­dren and hu­man rights are ba­sic stan­dards to which ev­ery per­son is en­ti­tled, to sur­vive and de­velop in dig­nity. In Bhutan many poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions have been im­ple­mented to pro­tect from abuse, ex­ploita­tion and harm­ful sub­stances.

There are spe­cific pro­tec­tions and pro­vi­sions for vul­ner­a­ble pop­u­la­tions such as Aboriginal chil­dren and chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to the Child Care and Pro­tec­tion Act of Bhutan 2011, a child is a per­son be­low the age of 18.

To en­sure that the chil­dren in Bhutan en­joy their rights to be cared and pro­tected the gov­ern­ment es­tab­lished the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women and Chil­dren (NCWC) in 2004 to en­sure the care and pro­tec­tion of chil­dren.

Yet, some chil­dren suf­fer from poverty, home­less­ness, abuse, ne­glect, pre­ventable dis­ease and unequal ac­cess to good qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, pro­tec­tion and jus­tice sys­tems.

The stan­dards and prin­ci­ples ar­tic­u­lated in the poli­cies and laws can only be­come a re­al­ity when the child is re­spected by ev­ery­one within the fam­ily, in schools and other in­sti­tu­tions that pro­vide for chil­dren, in com­mu­ni­ties and at all lev­els of gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to UNICEF Bhutan, the youth in­no­va­tion chal­lenge as part of HLM3: A Bil­lion Brains-Smart chil­dren: Health­ier Economies has se­lected three themes as fo­cal ar­eas for ex­plo­ration that in­clude univer­sal health cov­er­age, vi­o­lence against chil­dren and so­cial pro­tec­tion for fam­i­lies.

The young peo­ple aged be­low 24 are in­vited to share, de­velop and test the ideas to ad­dress so­cial chal­lenges in the three pri­or­ity ar­eas.

The meet­ing is hosted ev­ery three years by a dif­fer­ent coun­try within the re­gion and the con­fer­ence brings to­gether the se­nior rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across Asia and the Pa­cific, in­clud­ing Bhutan, to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties for shared pro­mo­tion of child rights within the frame­work of South-South col­lab­o­ra­tion.

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