Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government was careful so that prompt action could be taken against any kind of oppression of children in the country.
“We are taking steps to ensure security of children…we are giving special attention to it so that prompt action can be taken against any kind of oppression of children,” she said.
The premier was addressing a programme marking the inauguration of the World Children’s Day and Child Rights Week 2020 at Bangladesh Shishu Academy Auditorium. She joined the programme virtually from the Gono Bhaban.
Hasina said the government wants the children to remain safe and secure, get a beautiful life and be brought up as good human beings.
Recalling the brutal attacks of August 15, 1975 when Sheikh Russel, along with other children, was also killed during the assassination of the Father of the Nation and his family members, she said death of any children shocks her seriously. “No matter whether it happens in our country or abroad, in the Bay of Bengal or on the beach of the Mediterranean Sea, every incident hurts me.”
She said she wants this world to be a reliable, livable and peaceful place for the children where each of them will have a bright future.
Reiterating that children are the future of the nation, she said they need to be built as worthy citizens of the country.
“We have to give them the scope for flourishing their talent, knowledge and intelligence. And that’s possible through creating an appropriate environment for their studies and good health. This will ensure a better life for them which will make a prosperous future for them.”
Hasina said children are passing miserable days due to the Covid-19 pandemic as schools are closed. “This is very much painful for them. What will they do sitting at home?”
She urged the parents and guardians to take children outside of their homes to any nearby park or any other place where they could play at least for an hour. “This is very much needed for their mental and physical health, and we all have to maintain their health hygiene and safety.”
The PM said the government has arranged classes for the students on TV and online so that their academic activities could be continued during this pandemic.
Hasina said there may be some problems in leading life and all will have to move forward resolving those issues.
She also briefly described various government initiatives taken for the children, including distribution of free textbooks, stipends and different kinds of incentives during normal time and pandemic situation.
State Minister for Women and Children Affairs Fazilatun Nessa Indira presided over the programme.
The premier at the inaugural function unveiled the covers of a series of children’s books — “Amra Ekechi 100 Mujib”, a book published with selected pictures drawn by children, and “Amra Likhechi 100 Mujib”, another book published with writings of children, — written on the life and works of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on the occasion of the “Mujib Year”.