I am Bir, a 15-year-old boy, writing you this letter from Nepal. On the occasion of 25th Child Rights Convention (CRC) day hereby I would like to congratulate all children like me. Four years ago I got an opportunity to have depth knowledge on child rights through CRC. I became involved in CRC related events and got a chance to gather knowledge about child rights and protection to empower myself. I also shared my knowledge regarding child rights among children in community. It helped to create awareness of child rights among children.
Poor economic conditions of families and harmful traditional practices have created hindrances among children to fulfil their basic rights.
I have been involved in an education enrolment campaign focusing on giving an opportunity of education for those children who are deprived of education because of their poor economic condition.
In coordination with school and friends I was involved in performing street drama in order to expand awareness on child rights, especially child protection issues found in the community. We were able to start a programme to gather children in schools with the support of social organisations working in community.
Poor economic conditions of families and harmful traditional practices have created hindrances among children to fulfil their basic rights. Similarly, weak implementation of laws and policies has pushed back effectiveness.
Hence, I request my government to implement effectively all the laws made for children, including the CRC, and give adequate punishment immediately to those people who are involved in child rights infringement. Also I would like to request [that the government] identify children’s talent and give them rewards for their motivation.
Through this letter I would like to share my further commitment to share the message of the convention to a wider range of children, parents and friends through participating in awareness-raising activity.
Thank you! Bir, 15-years-old, Nepal