Govt told to insert children’s issues in peace accord

Kathmandu, September 7 :

The children at a four-day national child club conference today suggested the government include children’s issues in peace agreement between the government and Maoists and the ceasefire code of conduct.

Presenting suggestions to the government, Hima Pokharel, a participant from Syangja, said the new constitution should address children’s right to life, protection and participation in development. “Educational institutions should be declared ‘zone of peace’ and the government should prohibit armed forces, political parties and Maoists from disrupting classes,” said Pokharel adding that the government should formulate laws to prohibit children’s use in armed conflicts and make an effort to strictly implement the laws.

Children from different backgrounds such as disability, conflict affected, displaced children, economically exploited, from thirty-four districts and five development regions participated in the conference titled “Bringing about change… children’s right to participation” organised through September 5-8. They came up with suggestions to the government, organisations working for children and the media.

Save the Children Alliance (Norway, US, Japan), Plan International Nepal and Consortium jointly organised the conference.

Ajay Yonzan, a child participant, suggested the NGOs and INGOs to adopt a policy

to include children in their advisory board to get children’s views and inputs while formulating programmes for them. He also said, “The organisations’ progress reports should be written in simple language so that the children can easily go through them.”

Another participant Ashok Darnal summed up that the media should also focus the children living in remote areas.