Promoting children’s rights and putting an end to physical and emotional punishments against children

Children wished parents not to put learning and examination pressures on children, and talk to them more to create mutual understanding.

Youth delegates speaking at the dialogue discussing the voice of children and relevant parties in promoting children’s rights and putting an end to mental and physical punishments against children was held in Hanoi on November 10. Source: MSD

The Center for Management and Sustainable Development (MSD) in collaboration with the Child Rights Management Network, with the companionship of the Department of Children, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee, Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organisation’s Council, Hanoi Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and Council of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer of Hanoi organized a dialogue discussing the voice of children and relevant parties in promoting children’s rights and putting an end to any forms of physical and psychological punishment agaist children.

The event is part of the project  “Strengthening the Capacity of Society Organizations on Child Rights Governance" sponsored by Save the Children International and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.

The seminar has attracted more than 150 attendees from departments, agencies in charge of child protection affairs, along with 35 children, representatives of domestic and international social organizations, schools, and parents, child specialists, and news agencies.

At the event, participating children presented proposals and messages to promote their rights and stop all types of mental and physical punishments against children.

They expressed their hope that policymaking agencies make more detailed regulations and popularize legal measures against those punishing children mentally and physically, advise schools to educate children more on the issue and encourage them to raise their voice.

An overview of the dialogue. Source: MSD
 

The youth delegates also proposed schools reduce achievement pressure on teachers, so they won’t transfer the pressure to children, and organising more training courses on emotion management and student management for teachers.

They wished parents not to put learning and examination pressures on children, and talk to them more to create mutual understanding.

Speaking at the dialogue, Deputy Head of the Children Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Nga said that through different channels such as forums, dialogues, conferences and surveys, the voice of children has been conveyed to high-ranking leaders. The prevention and control of child abuse has been chosen as an issue for supreme supervision by the National Assembly over the past two years.

However, there remain a lot of challenges in child protection work, she said, adding that violence, sexual abuse and abuse of children on cyberspace still exist and over one million children aged from 5-17 are working nationwide.

Tu Pham