Addressing Children Issues in the Parliament

On the 14th September, 2016, the NGO Child Rights Working Group (NCRWG) met with the Women and Child Rights Committee of the Upper House of the Parliament, in Nay Pyi Taw.

In that remarkable occasion the NCRWG recommended to set up an appropriate timeframe to ensure that the spending on Education and Academia will reach the 20% of government total expenditure as prescribed by the National Education Ammendment Law, enacted in 25th July 2015.

“While it is widely recognized that an increase in spending is a precondition for a better education for children, it is furthermore critical that the right priorities and gaps are identified and addressed. More spending needs to go hand in hand with good spending to be effective” said Aye Aye, Advocacy Manager for Myanmar Education Consortium.

The NCRWG has also recommended that the government act as soon as possible on the development and implementation of a new National Action Plan for Children (2016-2025), and enacts child rights laws in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) – as well as domestic laws.

Dr. Mya Thaung, Member of the Upper House and Chairman of the Women and Child Rights Committee, believes the meeting with NCRWG was productive and it is also needed to expand stronger collaboration between Civil Society Organizations and government.

“There are restrictions in terms of budget, communications and working with government organizations, due to their respective procedures and framework. But we hope that the laws such as child rights law and women protection law will be passed within this year.”

“In year one of the new government term, the first meeting between the Women and Children Rights Committee and the NCRWG was an initial step to improve the rights of children and we will continuously engage with them for effective governance for child rights” said Ni Ni Hla, Save the Children’s Head of Program for Child Rights Governance.

The NCRWG was formed in 2009 by Save the Children, World Vision and Pestalozzi in collaboration with 19 civil societies organizations with the vision of civil society working collectively to fulfill children’s rights. Today, the NCRWG is made up of over 50 NGOs and CBOs.

A full list of recommendations can be read here in an official statement by the NCRWG.

Main Content Contributor: Save the Children

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