(KPL) The National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children (NCAWMC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have organized a consultation event in Vientiane Capital to make children realize their rights.
About 50 children from different ages between 11 and 18 years old from Huaphanh, Luang Prabang, Vientiane Capital, Vientiane, Xayaboury, Xaysomboune and Xieng Khuang have participated in the 3-day consultation meeting, May 28-30.
This event is best for me because I have more opportunities to learn about child rights and share my voice and listen to others’ ideas onstage. Before participating this event, I learned about the Convention on the Rights of the Child at my school and I sometimes searched information on website, after I have learned from UNICEF’s expert I understand and get a lot of information on child rights, said Miss Panyphone Vongmala,15, a Matthayom 5 student from Vientiane Capital.
I will present all information to my friends at school and to my family. I would like to ask UNICEF to organize such a useful event again, added Miss Panyphone Vongmala.
This is my first time to join the event to learn new things and I have gotten more insights about Convention on the Rights of the Child compared to the past, before participating in this activity. I have new friends from different provinces, Mr Tong Wang , a 15-year-old student from Xayaboury Province.
I am happy to see many friends from different provinces gathering at the same place in order to celebrate our day. I would like to understand about Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the past I had limited knowledge of the convention so this event helps broaden my knowledge, said Miss Nida Vongkham, a student from Houaphan Province.
Around the world today, young people are speaking out for their right to education, demanding an end to discrimination, marching against violence in schools, striking for action on climate change, campaigning for digital reform and calling on leaders to protect their future. Children are telling us, loud and clear, it is time for every child, to have every right. In this regard, I see children in Laos are also raising their voices to demand better education, elimination of violence, access to quality health services and policies to save the planet, said Ms Maria Fernandez, UNICEF Chief of Communication.
In the Lao PDR, about 40 per cent of the population are under 18 years old.
We believe the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child provides an opportunity to reposition children and young people at the centre of the conversation here in Laos and everywhere. Children are drivers and partners, empowering them to become central players in their own lives and communities for them to lead the development of the country in the years to come is crucial, said Ms Maria Fernandez.
Source: Lao News Agency