Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called the well-off people to give attention to the poor children living in their neighborhoods so none of them suffer from starvation and left out of education.
“Bangladesh is a country 160 million people, where we have ensured food security of everybody. (But) we have to remain aware so that no child deprived of food, education and health services,” she said.
State-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha reported that prime minister made the call while inaugurating World Children’s Day and Child Rights Week-2016 at a function organized by Ministry of Women and Children Affairs at Sufia Kamal Auditorium of Bangladesh Shishu Academy here today.
She said the children are country’s future and the future leadership will derive from them and so “we need to build them up as competent citizens for future and scope should be created for them everywhere in the family, society and cultural arena to flourish their talents”.
“Children are holy creatures, who do not born with poverty, it depends in which family he/she is born,” she said.
Sense of poverty and prosperity should not be created in children mind from their childhood, she added.
“So I will call upon every well-off people of society to give attention to food, education and wellbeing of children near his doorsteps.”
State Minister for women and children affairs Meher Afroz Chumki presided over the session while secretary of the ministry Nasima Begum, chairman of the Bangladesh Shishu Academy noted litterateur Selina Hossain and UNICEF’s country representative Edouard Beigbeder spoke, among others.
Farzana Akhter Meem and Mujibur Rahman, two students of Shishu Bikash Kendra of Shishu Academy at Azimpur and Gazipur also spoke on the occasion.
The World Children’s Day and Child Rights Week-2016 are being observed in the country as elsewhere in the world with the theme “thakbe shishu sobar majhe bhalo, desh-somaj poribare jhalabe ashar alo” (children will remain good amongst all of us, and lit up the light in the country, society and family).
On the occasion an art work of the students of Shishu Academy was presented to the Prime Minister. Later the Prime Minister also enjoyed a cultural programme performed by the children of the academy.
Hasina said children’s rights should be protected wherever they live and urged everybody to remain careful so that every child get their rights, scopes to enjoy a beautiful and prosperous life to develop them as good human being.
“We want to establish an exploitation free society where there would have no discrimination for children,” she said adding that her government framed laws to ensure rights of everyone.
Hasina also listed her efforts to boost children’s education in Bangladesh.