Children join talks with Party, State leaders

(VOV) -Children have submitted a number of amendments to the Law on Child Protection, Care, and Education at their national forum which ended in Hanoi on August 9.

Six groups of child representatives made recommendations during a meeting with Party and State leaders, including Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan, Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen, and head of the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs Truong Thi Mai.

The recommendations focused on the Law’s six main themes of child safety and  entertainment, domestic violence, child maltreatment and neglect prevention,  early child labour and marriage prevention, education interruption initiatives, and child crime,  as well as preventing prejudice against children with disabilities and HIV.

The children pledged to honour the Law’s obligations and encourage their families and communities to do likewise.

Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan praised the children’s careful preparation of their questions and recommendations, demonstrating intelligence and creativity.

She urged the Ministry of Labour, Invalids, and Social Affairs (MoLISA) to pay more attention to the children’s voices and expand information campaigns targeting families, schools, and wider society. Violators, either individuals or organisations, should be investigated and punished where appropriate.

MoLISA Minister Chuyen asked State agencies at all levels, especially People’s Committees and People’s Councils, to regularly invite children to share their opinions and provide them with safe and friendly environments.

She also suggested the National Assembly’s Committee on Culture, Education, Youth, and Teenagers closely monitor implementation of children-targeted commitments to create a healthy environment for children.