(KPL) Past 30 year, the Government of Lao PDR has attached importance to the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to ensure fundamental needs for all children – nutrition, health, education, child development, child protection, clean water, sanitation and housing.
The Lao PDR ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1991. Ever since, there has been remarkable progress in enhancing children’s rights in the country.
Landmark achievements include calling for the promotion and protection of children and women in the 7th National Socio-Economic Development Plan (2011-2015).
The law on the protection of the rights and interests of children (2007) specifically outlines state roles and responsibilities to promote and protect the rights of children, said Mr. Alounkeo Kittikhoune, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Vice President of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children (NCAWMC).
Despite considerable progress, children in the Lao PDR continue to experience significant levels of deprivation, according to the report ‘SDGs and Children � Measuring Progress on Child Wellbeing in the Lao PDR’.
About 71 per cent of children under 18 years of age suffer from two to five simultaneous deprivations in the areas of nutrition, health, education, Early Childhood Development (ECD), child protection, water, sanitation, housing and information.
While the deprivations are serious for each individual concerned, the implications extend beyond the affected children and households.
Future economic growth will be jeopardized if many stunted and deprived children are unable to stay at school and learn the skills necessary for the country’s development.
In the Lao PDR, about 40 per cent of the population are under 18 years old.
Mr. Khamthoune Soukphaythoune, Vice-Governor of Savannakhet and President of the PCAWMC said that Savanankhet Province is working closely with the central Government and line ministries in ensuring children access protections, nutrition, health, education, clean water, sanitation and housing.
Source: Lao News Agency