'Every Last Child' global campaign launched

Kathmandu, June 4

Save the Children launched its global campaign 'Every Last Child' today with the aim of ensuring that all girls in the country get the best possible education, health, and child protection services.

The campaign will run from 2016 to 2018 in Saptari, Kapilbastu, Achham and Bajura.

Fifteen year old Sostani Raut’s homework would often be stolen by bullies in her class, and she would then be punished by teachers for not having her homework.

Speaking at the event held to launch the campaign in Bhrikutimandap, Raut said, “I didn’t know who to talk to. I couldn’t even talk to my parents about the bullies, and I failed more than five subjects.” The campaign helped her build her confidence and now, she stands first in class.

Entertainer Sita Ram Kattel ‘Dhurmus’ talked of his childhood experiences in the programme and encouraged children participating in the event to explore their talents instead of hiding them.

“The campaign will focus on keeping girls between 13 to 18 years of age in school, and ensuring that they receive the best possible health care and reproductive health education both at home and outside,” said Delilah  Borja, country director of Save the Children Nepal.

Borja said, “To reduce such practices, we will work closely with the government, civil society organisations, and adolescent girls. Our aim is to help deprived girls in the four target districts, reduce discrimination, and empower girls to claim their rights.”