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Child Rights Monitor, a mobile app to learn and practice child rights launched
In 2014, the world celebrated the 25th Anniversary of United Nation's Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). However, even after 25 years, the realization of Child Rights is a far fetched dream. In an effort to recognize the rights of every child in India, Mary Anne Charity Trust (MACT) along with the support of like minded organizations has developed an android mobile application called, Child Rights Monitor (CRM).
According to a release, CRM acts as a one stop point to learn and practice Child Rights. It is child friendly and accommodates knowledge sharing and incident reporting from both Children and Adult alike. To create a Child Friendly society it is imperative that everyone in the society knows about Child Rights, practices them and ensures that violation against children does not take place.

The application was launched today (16 Feb, 2016)by Job Zachariah, Chief of Field Office, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in the presence of Louis Sahayaraj, Coordinator, ASMAE and S. Cyril Alexander, Executive Director, MACT.

Louis Sahayaraj highlighted the four ways in which Child Rights Monitor (CRM) can work for children:

  1. Acquire information on Child Rights.

  2. Report incidents on violations related to Child Rights.

  3. Request for support and information. Those who have adequate and who want to provide support can also utilize the application.

  4. Acquire knowledge through E-Learning options available in the application.

Job Zacharia in his special address mentioned that the development of a State depends on the realization of Child Rights. He emphasized that Child Rights Monitor (CRM) works at three major levels.

  1. Being a platform for reporting on violations related to Child Rights.

  2. Spreading the knowledge on Child Rights. He highlighted that awareness about child rights needs to reach the nook and corner of the Nation. He cited that when a child is beaten in school, it is rightly recognized as a violation and referred to as Corporal Punishment. However when a child is beaten at home, it is not seen as a violation of the child's rights.

  3. Providing a platform to be an advocate for Child Rights. He mentioned that he desires for everyone to be advocates for Child Rights so that Child Rights can reach the nook and corner.

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