‘Children’s rights need to be protected’

Staff Correspondent

25 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

A national conference on ‘fostering communication for development research to achieve results for children’ was held at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city on Wednesday.

University Grants Commission (UGC) in association with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Ohio University of USA jointly organised the event to conduct research on social behavior changes for child rights in higher educational institutions of Bangladesh.

Neha Kapil, C4D Section Chief of UNICEF in Bangladesh, presided over the programme while UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan was present as the chief guest. Shairose Mawji, chief of field services, UNICEF in Bangladesh and Associate Professor Dr. Andrew Carlson of Metropolitan University of USA were also present, among others.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Mannan said, “The incumbent government has made more investment for the development of our future generation. Children are our most valuable natural resource and they are the future leaders of the country. They will take Bangladesh to the next steps of development.”

He also thanked UNICEF for taking new initiatives to focus on children.

He said children’s rights needs to be protected and this workshop will play a significant role in designing curriculum and conducting participatory research in C4D.

Shairose Mawji said this initiative will open up the avenues to demonstrate to the wider global community including Bangladesh, use of evidence-based social behavior change strategies to achieve development goals including the rights of children and their communities.

“It will also provide an opportunity for the academicians, postgraduate students and development professionals to establish a network and collaboration to achieve development agenda of the country,” he added.

UGC member Prof Dr. M Akhtar Hossain, Prof Dr. Golam Rahman of Daffodil International University, academics from different universities, PhD students and representatives from government, development agencies and UGC took part in the day-long workshop.