UNICEF invites innovative ideas for children’s betterment
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.