Children present a charter of requirements to deputies for a safe reopening of schools

The children presented a charter of demands to parliamentarians on Saturday (representation)

New Delhi:

On World Children’s Day, a group of children on Saturday presented a charter of demands to parliamentarians for the safe reopening of schools and the reduction of the digital divide. The Parliamentary Group for Children (PGC) convened a virtual “Children’s Parliament” in the presence of 35 MPs, including PGC President Gaurav Gogoi and organizers Sanjay Jaiswal and Heena Gavit. Representing 1,500 children from 16 states, 14 children shared their experiences of lost learning and the challenges they faced due to prolonged school closures during the pandemic.

Children and young people presented parliamentarians with a nine-point charter of demands, urging them to take measures to support their school recovery. With a safe reopening of schools across the country after more than a year, the Children’s Charter of Claims emphasizes the safe reopening of schools as well as equitable access to online learning, reducing the size program and prioritizing childhood immunization.

The sharing of the children’s claims charter was followed by a question-and-answer session and an open discussion. Kritika, a 15-year-old from Delhi who facilitated the charter presentation, said: “My peers and I have faced various challenges in education. Today, we are grateful that parliamentarians have come here to listen to our demands. The prolonged closure of schools affected not only education but also the physical and psychological well-being of children. Online learning was not accessible to everyone. According to the UNICEF rapid assessment conducted in six states in 2020 – Assam, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh – 76 percent of parents of children aged 5 to 13 and 80 percent of children adolescents aged 14 to 18 reported learning less than when they were in school.

Welcoming parliamentarians, children and guests, Gogoi said that “World Children’s Day reminds us of all our commitments and our duty to ensure that the hopes, dreams and aspirations of children remain intact. “. Addressing the children as leaders of tomorrow and India’s future, he said, “As we move forward, I want you to know that we have your best interests at heart. I sincerely hope that today’s teachings will guide us to work even harder for the same. ”

Indevar Pandey, secretary of the Department for Women and Child Development, said the children attending the session held promise to be the leaders of tomorrow. “These are the agents of change who will shape our future.” “I want to reaffirm that the government is striving to create a world in which every child has a safe and healthy childhood. The government is committed to protecting your future and each of us is working to ensure that no child be left behind, ”he said. .

Yasumasa Kimura, UNICEF India Representative, said: “The global pandemic has impacted children in many ways – education being a critical area, as are nutrition, immunization, mental health and physical and child protection. As we hope to recover from nearly two years of the pandemic that has deprived countless children of school education, it becomes essential to move forward with an education recovery plan. ”

“All your participation fills us with hope that the political landscape will see changes to welcome and prioritize the best interests of our children,” he added. According to UNICEF̥, over 230 iconic government buildings and landmarks – the Rashtrapati Bhavan, North and South Blocks, Parliament and Qutub Minar, the Indian Women Press Corps in New Delhi and other important buildings, across India – were lit up blue on November 19-20, signifying the national celebration of children’s rights and focusing on restoring children’s learning.

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