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>policy for Sidr-hit children by March

>CHILDREN left orphaned by Cyclone Sidr will receive government assistance and the government will formulate a policy in this regard in the first week of March, an adviser of the caretaker government said today.
“A policy is yet to be adopted to assist the Sidr-affected children. We will formulate a policy very soon. We will hold a meeting on March 6 in Barisal for this purpose,” Rasheda K Choudhury, primary and mass education adviser, said at a views exchange meeting on “United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC): Alternative Report”.
Speakers at the meeting, organised by Manusher Jonno Foundation, a non-government organisation working for human rights and good governance, that an estimated 3,500 children had lost their parents during the cyclone and around 1,500 of them cannot be traced now.
The government has yet to allocate any funds to safeguard these orphans, they added.
Speaking as chief guest, the adviser urged all to build a child-friendly environment, protect children’s rights and end all types of child abuse in the society.
“Bangladesh signed the UNCRC in 1990 and strived to follow the guidelines of the convention and the recommendations of the UNCRC committee for establishing a child-friendly environment,” she said adding that mass awareness regarding children’s rights is needed as most people are still not aware of the convention.
The primary and mass education ministry last week formulated a policy to ensure supply of textbooks to all children in primary schools, she said.

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