Describing schools as shelters for children, prominent child rights activists have expressed concern about the situation in Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control of large parts of the country following the withdrawal of US-led forces last month.
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“The progress we have made so far in protecting and safeguarding children and women in Afghanistan must not be lost. Schools must be safe havens for children and no child must be used in any kind of war. This is essential freedom and dignity for basic human beings.” Satyarthi told PTI in an exclusive interview that the much-discussed issue of whether to reopen schools in India now emphasizes that the covid graph seems to be sinking in several parts, emphasizing the urgency of the situation.
“It has to be a medical assessment-driven decision. But we need to accelerate to make schools safer for children. The more schools are closed, the more likely it is that children from poor families will return to the classroom, especially those who do not have access to digital equipment.” Said in a phone interview.
Satyarthi added that schools are not only centers of academic learning, but also places of mental, emotional and social development.
“Schools give children a sense of community and allow them to establish a more meaningful relationship of trust with teachers,” he said.
Satyarthi, who was appointed last week as the 17th global “advocate” by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said the move came at a “very critical and challenging time for children”.
The 67-year-old social reformer said every child should be “free, safe and educated” and should not make any false promises to the UN community to reach its goals but implement them.
“Our response to this generation can make or break our future world. I have made this appointment with the responsibility and honor of bringing their decision to the center of global decision-making.”
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all people by 2030 (Agenda 2030).
1 SDG integrates SDGs – they recognize that action in one area will affect the outcome of another, and that development must strike a balance between social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Discussing the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on children and their future, Satyarthi expressed dissatisfaction with the global response to the suffering of thousands of people who were orphaned or their families lost income or went hungry or their schools were closed.
“We have all seen the suffering of children around the world during this epidemic. Thousands of children have been orphaned, entire families have lost their incomes, and millions of children have gone hungry because of school closures. Despite the severity of the situation, “He said.
He said children from the most marginalized communities were the most vulnerable to child labor, trafficking and slavery.
“This is a wake-up call to warn us that we are preparing ourselves for the failure of the full 2030 agenda,” said the Nobel laureate, pointing further to the growth of child labor.
“Even before the epidemic hit, there were reports of the first increase in child labor in two decades. This happened in the first four years of the SDGs, when an average of 10,000 children between the ages of five and 11 were pushed into child labor every year for four years.”
Satyarthi spoke about the creation of a Global Social Protection Fund, citing the success of projects such as Lunch in India, Balsa Familia in Brazil and direct cash transfers in several African countries that have helped lift millions out of poverty.
He said the fund would help boost “global GDP” as the economy grows faster when children go to school without working to survive.
“A global social security fund can address the growing inequality in our world. We demand that, as part of this, a fair share of resources be allocated for the direct benefit of children. These include school feeding programs, access to free and quality education and health care, safe Housing, clean drinking water and sanitation. These are fundamental issues of human dignity. ”
If the fund is established, low-income countries should be encouraged to invest under national social security. In this time of crisis, powerful countries cannot move away from their partner countries, he said.
Discussing the Global Partnership Campaign ‘Fair Share to End Child Labor Campaign’ around the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor, Satyarthi said, “It is a challenge to the inherent inequality and inequality at the heart of child labor.
“We need a fair share of policies to end child labor, a fair share of policies, financial resources and the social protection of the most marginalized children. Our campaign challenges the foundations of child labor and exploitation – the unjust and unjust division of global resources, policies and protections.”
He said the campaign has grown incredibly fast, with a new country campaign starting every fortnight. Behind this is a broad youth-led coalition and they have begun to unite despite the epidemic.
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