Demand for allocation of 10 percent of the local budget for the welfare of children

A children’s budget dialogue has been held in Barisal calling for special child attention to child protection. The dialogue demanded that 10 percent of the national budget be set aside for children and a sector-wise budget be allocated for the protection of children. The dialogue was organized by the Barisal Children and Youth Forum.

The virtual dialogue was held on Monday (May 31) at 12 noon under the chairmanship of Jannatul Ferdousi, President of Barisal Children’s Forum. World Vision Bangladesh, Barisal AP collaborated on the event.

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In the dialogue, the speakers said that 10 percent of the allocated budget should be kept for children. Sector-wise budget allocation for child protection should be continued. Awareness activities should be arranged among the people in the union to stop child marriage and child labour including awareness about Kovid-19. It is important to provide adequate entertainment for children at the city level and to create separate databases for all children in the union.

Speakers said that child labour, children with disabilities and at-risk children so that the public and various organizations from here can contribute to the project of backward children by collecting comprehensive information and data of children in the area concerned, separate budget for children in the health sector during Kovid-19. Allocate so that no child is deprived of health care during the Corona epidemic. Responding to a call from local government representatives for children, he promised that his government would allocate more in this year’s budget for children.

Abu Sufian Sheikh, President of the Youth Forum, and Shahidul Islam, Deputy Director, Local Government, Barisal, were present as the chief guests at the dialogue. Dilara Khanam, Deputy Director, Department of Women’s Affairs, Barisal, Mozammel Hossain, District Child Affairs Officer, Saifur Rahman Miron, Editor, Daily Bhorer Alo, Sohanur Rahman, Coordinator, Youthnet for Climate Justice were present as special guests.

Among the officials of World Vision were Lima Hanna Daring-Director Field Operations Zone 2, Lytton Mandal-APC Manager, Barisal Cluster, Churchill Das-Sponsorship and Child Safety Officer and other branch managers of World Vision and children’s representatives.

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Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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