Rights facilitate better standards of living and are inherited by birth. There is a need to create awareness on the universal responsibility to safeguard the rights of the children and help them live their life to the fullest,” director of the Centre for Policy Studies A. Prasanna Kumar has said.

On the second day of the three-day awareness programme on ‘Child Rights Protection’, organised by Bala Vikas Foundation (BVF), Prof. Prasanna Kumar spoke on the Convention of the Rights of the Child (1989) and the need to protect these rights for a harmonious development of one’s personality.

“While it is important for today’s youngsters to adapt to the evolving technology, it is also equally imperative not to become a slave to the digital world,” he said and suggested that students carry a book instead of a mobile phone. According to him, books offer great companionship and continue to bond as long-term friends.

The event was attended by founder-secretary of BVF Narava Prakasa Rao and Principal of GVP Junior College S.T.G. Ramachandracharyulu, among others.

Meanwhile, Visakha Forum for Child Rights held a conference on ‘Child Welfare Programmes and its Policy Gaps’ here at NSS Bhavan in Andhra University.

In his inaugural address, Vice-Chancellor of Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University R.G.B. Bhagavath Kumar said: “Since the mindset of the people has not changed much, the education system has not seen any significant transformation. Although the policies of various educational programmes are in place, effective implementation of the same is lacking.”

Women’s Development and Child Welfare Department project director A.E. Roberts spoke on various schemes that fall under the purview of Integrated Child Protection Scheme. Convenor of the forum R.D. Sampath Kumar briefed on the various activities undertaken as part of the Child Rights Convention week. He said that a memorandum on protecting child rights was submitted to the Superintendent of Police and District Administration.

Representatives of various NGOs, government officials and child right activists, among others participated in the poster launch on child protection.

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