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Mainstream media to share critical child rights issues
Children from under privileged communities from 10 districts of Odisha presented their problems to media persons in Bhubaneswar.

As many as 45 children from under privileged communities from 10 districts of Odisha presented their problems to over 40 media persons, including senior editors, during an interaction facilitated by Save the Children here in Bhubaneswar.

Among the issues discussed were the need for systematic birth registration, improved educational and health infrastructure – including toilets and playgrounds in school campuses, representation of children in School Management Committees, qualitative health facility and protection of children from sexual abuse and child labour.

“Let’s Hear from Children” was the theme of the interaction where child representatives from 10 districts (Boudh, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Puri, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Sonepur, Kendrapara, Koraput, Khurda) presented issues identified by them.

“This interaction follows our intention to providing a regular platform for children to interact directly with mainstream media,” said Sasanka Padhi, State Programme Manager, Save the Children, adding, “here child representatives play a key role in highlighting their issues related to rights and entitlements.” He opined “it is important that the media takes cognizance of issues related to child rights, so that the overall situation in the state could be improved.”

Save the Children has promoted National level Children’s Alliance for highlighting and raising the concerns relating to the rights and entitlements of children of our State and country. 7 Child representatives from Odisha have been selected to the National level Alliance, representing the under privileged children, who are deprived of their basic rights to survival, protection, participation and development.

A Monitoring Report, on different child rights issues and the violations, prepared by Save the Children was also launched during the event.

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