Redouble efforts to create better future for children

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  • Childhood is an important period in life because childhood experiences play a significant role in adult life. Therefore, it is important that children grow up in the right environment and have access to their rights, in order to become healthy individuals.
    To promote the basic principles of the agreement on promoting the rights of children, Myanmar’s legislative sector has cooperated with the UNICEF in several areas over the last two years, especially in terms of legislation, budget scrutiny, and making checks and balances on the
    executive sector.
    In the constituencies, the population of children aged 14 years or below has reached 14.4 million and population in the 15 to 24 age group has touched 9 million.
    Let’s take into consideration the issues related to children and their challenges as part of efforts towards building a brighter future for them and a nation where they can achieve their ambitions.
    Now is the time to make a special effort to inform children of their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
    We appreciate efforts made by the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief, and Resettlement to implement the four protocols of the UNCRC, which call for a child’s right to life, right to development, right to protection, and right to inclusion.
    Parents, on their part, must realize the importance of childhood and give enough love and care to their family. They must try not to put children in day care centres at a very early age.
    Not being given enough kindness and care in the family can have a negative impact on children.
    Children should be provided with the right environment such as love and care from family, opportunities to explore their talents and capabilities, friends to interact with, and a positive atmosphere where they are encouraged and motivated.
    “Teenagers today have high expectations of themselves and the society they live in and are constantly thinking of new ways to make the world a better place. Young people are vigorous and brave and possess a strong sense of curiosity. They constantly challenge outdated standards of society,” said Pyidaungsu Hluttaw Speaker U T Khun Myat at the ceremony to mark the World Children’s Day in Nay Pyi Taw on Monday.
    We should always take time to listen to the voices of the children and youths, who are also citizens of the country. We must endeavor to create a future where healthy, well-educated, and successful young people populate the nation.
    We need to redouble, not reduce, this commitment.
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