IMPHAL: A One Day Sensitization Workshop on ‘Comprehensive Manual for Safety & Security of Children in Schools’ organised together by Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR) in collaboration with National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) was held at the training Hall of Sarva Shikshya Abhiyan (SSA) complex on Thursday.
Retired Director of Social Welfare and Member of MCPCR L. Megharaj Sharma, and former Chairperson of (MCPCR) S. Saratkumar Sharma in a together determination stated that regarding awareness of Child’s Rights and Safety through every aspects and that The Commission’s objective is to protect, promote and defend Child Rights in the State. Further appealing to all the concerned authority that a child’s right to survival begins before a child is born. According to Government of India, a child life begins after twenty weeks of conception. Hence the right to survival is inclusive of the child rights to be born free right to minimum standards of health, food, shelter and clothing, and the right to live with dignity. Children have the right to all forms of development: Emotional, Mental and Physical. Emotional Development is fulfilled by proper care and love of a support system, Mental Development through education and learning and Physical Development through recreation, play and nutrition. A child has the right to be protected from neglect, exploitation and abuse at home and elsewhere. And therefore a child has a right to participate in any decision making that involves directly or indirectly varying on degrees of participation as per the age and maturity of the child.
Chairperson of MCPCR Sumatibala Ningthoujam said to the press that the workshop will help in focusing in topics like fulfilling all the gaps in psychological aspects of role and responsibilities of teachers and staffs, hygienic distribution of materials under schemes of State and central sponsored schemes.
The collective efforts of all Principal, staffs and students across the state have resulted to determine and erase the physically, mentally and psychological effects of children across the state to visualizes a rights-based perspective flowing into National Policies and Programmes, along with nuanced responses at the State, District and Block levels, taking care of specificity and strengths of each region. In order to touch every child, it seeks a deeper penetration to communities and households and expects that the ground experiences gathered at the field are taken into consideration by all the authorities at the higher level. Thus the Commission sees an indispensable role for the State, sound institution-building processes, respect for decentralization at the local bodies and community level and larger societal concern for children and their well-being.