Staff Reporter

Children prepare a manifesto to be presented to candidates

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A manifesto detailing demands of children has been prepared by 50 students, drawn from all over the State, under the aegis of the Child Rights Resource Centre, Rajagiri College of Social Sciences. It urges political parties to create a child-friendly environment in the State.

The manifesto, which will be presented to the contestants of the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections, puts across suggestions relating to education, health and social issues involving children.

Demands

The recommendations include free distribution of textbooks till Class XII, giving equal prominence to curricular and co-curricular subjects, preventing commercialisation of education, distribution of rice through schools, free uniforms, banning politics from campuses, filling vacancies of teachers, providing adequate infrastructure facilities in classrooms, integrating children with HIV-AIDS in mainstream schools, distributing preventive vaccines in schools, providing nutritious food for children, conducting medical camps in schools, ensuring drinking water in schools, enhancing the relevance of physical education, granting concession to children with disabilities in buses, conducting personality development programmes in schools and safeguarding the rights of children to raise their views on various issues at home and school.

The manifesto, which was prepared at a workshop conducted by the resource centre, also urges the government to publish children’s magazines and newspapers apart from seeking the opinion of students while calling for a revision in syllabus.

Debate

A copy of the manifesto was released by Sukumar Azhikode, social activist, at his residence on Saturday. At a press conference held in the city, co-ordinator of the resource centre Deepak said that children were looking forward to a debate with the candidates from Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Kozhikode.

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