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Children's forum gives youth a voice in national politics

Update: August, 07/2015 - 09:12
More than 190 children between 10 and 16 from 30 cities and provinces gathered in Ha Noi yesterday for the fourth National Children's Forum. — Photo ktdt.vn

HA NOI (VNS) — More than 190 children between 10 and 16 from 30 cities and provinces gathered in Ha Noi yesterday for the fourth National Children's Forum.

Titled Lang nghe tre em noi (Listen to Children), the event is a venue for children to express their ideas and aspirations, and put forth proposals concerning their involvement in communal activities.

Opening the event, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA) Dao Hong Lan said child protection and care had received attention from all levels of Government in recent years. They aimed to create a safe, friendly place to live.

She applauded children for participating in social activities like the Children's Rights Club and the Junior Reporter Club.

At the forum, participants could talk about their ideas and aspirations in regards to the amended Law on Child Protection and Education, including measures to bolster children's roles in families, schools and the community, she said.

On the same day, the children had an opportunity to evaluate how ministries and sectors implemented their recommendations and messages from previous children's forums.

On Saturday, the closing day of the event, the children will meet and talk with leaders from the Party, State ministries and sectors.

New programme

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a national programme to implement the rights of children to participate in child-related issues between 2016 and 2020. The programme aims to improve children's capacities to engage in matters that affect their lives in accordance with the law and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

According to the programme, children must be consulted during the design of all child-related policies at the national, provincial and communal levels, and for 90 per cent of child-related decisions in schools and communities.

In order to successfully implement the programme, it would be crucial to raise the public's awareness of the significance of children's participation in policymaking. Furthermore, the capacity of Government bodies, organisations and individuals to engage and work with children would need to be improved.

The programme also encourages the establishment of international projects, and regional and global children's forums and festivals. — VNS

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