President Maithripala Sirisena is scheduled to inaugurate his concept “Let’s Protect Children”, as a national programme in Kandy today.
A Presidential spokesperson said that the objectives of the programme, which would commence at the Provincial Sports Complex in Digana, included an end to child labour in Sri Lanka , prevent child abuse and the use of children for unlawful activities.
Earlier this week South Asian religious leaders launched a platform to promote Children’s Rights in Kathmandhu.
The launch brought together more than 30 influential leaders and distinguished representatives from various religious communities across South Asia to Kathmandu, where they underlined the critical role they can play in promoting the fulfilment of child rights and also to harness regional solidarity towards a brighter future for all children in the region.
The UNICEF said that despite economic growth and consequent improvements, massive disparities still existed in South Asia ( home to 1.7 billion people and 621 million children under 18) preventing children from living in dignity, reaching their full potential and making choices about their futures. “With religious communities in South Asia having extensive networks and moral influence throughout the region, their potential to tackle some of these challenges and achieve real results for children is highly advantageous.”