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Meeting on children’s rights

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Union Minister Dr. Win Myat Aye delivers the speech at the National Committee for Children’s Rights in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  Photo: MNA

The National Committee for Children’s Rights held meeting no. 2/2019 at the meeting hall of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement yesterday morning.
Union Minister and Committee Chairman Dr Win Myat Aye spoke at the meeting, where he said Myanmar has been party to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child since 1991 and has enacted The Child’s Rights Law accordingly.
He said they have working towards amending that law since the previous government administration and have successfully passed it through the legislature on 23 July last week. He said the amended law now tasks the committee with ensuring philanthropic shelters and temporary shelters meet certain set standards.
The Union Minister said children require security in addition to progress in development. He said the Union territory and the states and regions have legal authority to carry out child development and security tasks.
The Union Minister remarked that there has been public misunderstanding and worry over the amended law, adding that all doubts will disappear when people study the law carefully. He said the law has been published in the daily newspapers for public viewing.
The Union Minister said they now need to come up with necessary preparations to implement the new amendments of the law. He urged authorities concerned to pass on the information clearly to the general public.
Next, Deputy Minister U Soe Aung explained each section of the amended child’s right law and the director-general of the social welfare department explained the areas where increased activity is needed and plans to amend the related bylaw.
The attendees then discussed solutions to ensuring children in prisons retain their rights, increasing efforts on preventing and raising awareness on the rising incidents of child sexual abuse, and proliferating the contents of the new law throughout the nation right up to the subnational Hluttaw levels.

Meeting on ECCD
Later in the afternoon, Dr Win Myat Aye attended meeting no. 1/2019 of the Central Management Group on Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) held at his ministry’s meeting hall.
The Union Minister said early childhood development lasts from infancy to 8 years old and that is when the brain grows the most. He said the ministry on early childhood development and social welfare simultaneously for that age range.
The Union Minister said there is a significantly large population of children who cannot attend preschool and this is top priority to collaborate on. He said they have formed subnational ECCD management groups to monitor nurseries and preschools in accordance with existing laws. He said the ministry has expanded the number of preschools from 99 in 2016 to 128 this year. The Union Minister said the government has successfully organized 642 maternity circles so far. He said preschools and day-care centers require a license to operate. He urged attendees to discuss solutions to challenges related with the matter.
Next, committee vice-chairman and Deputy Minister U Soe Aung explained the ongoing ECCD tasks of the ministry, after which, the discussion segment of the meeting commenced. The meeting came to an end after a closing speech from the Union Minister. —MNA
(Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)

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