Teacher`s role crucial: NCPCR Chairperson

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IMPHAL, April 24:  The most important role is taken by the teacher. A teacher should know how to share knowledge with students and the means to develop and monitor a student. This was stated by Kushal Singh, the Chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Right (NCPCR).

Speaking at a state level teachers training programme on child right in Classic Sangai Hall of Hotel Imphal on Thursday, she said that such seminars have been conducted in 14 different places of the country under different topics.

Chief Secretary PC Lawmkunga expressed regret at various cases of violation of child rights in different places of the country.

Continuing that teachers take an important role in the well-being of a child, he said that teachers should be aware of latest trends and be able to study the psychology of the students.

The chairman of the Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Right said that the state level teachers training programme on child right is first of its kind.

He continued that there is a need to acknowledge the rights of the child by the teachers given by the law for the betterment.

On this regard, the MCPCR acquire an approval from the NCPCR.  

In the training session on her topic ‘An overview of Child Rights’, the NCPCR chairperson said that the child by reason of physical and mental immaturity needs special safeguards including appropriate legal protection.

“The state must take appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures for the protection of a hild and his rights.US Convention on the Rights of a Child, the first legally enforceable document enumerating the specific rights of a child was signed by UN general assembly on November 1989 and ratified by India on December 11, 1992.”

Continuing that the most ratified Human Right Treaty has been ratified by 190 countries, she said that the constitutional provisions relating to child rights are article 15(5), article 21A, article 24, directive principal of state policy article 39(F), article 45, article 51 (k).

She also elaborated that the right of the child as spelt out in the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) fall in four broad categories right to survival, right to development, right to protection, right of participation.

Kushal Singh highlighted the acts relating to children are child labour (prohibition and regulation) act 1986, Juvenile justice (care and protection of children) act 2000, Commission for Protection of Child Rights act 2005, Right of children to free and compulsory education act 2009, Protection of children form sexual offices act 2012.

Our CCPur Correspondent adds: The Manipur Alliance for  Child  Rights (MACR), Churachandpur Chapter, organised   a one day awareness program  styled ‘sensitization program  on integrated  child development  scheme  and other laws related to  juvenile right’  at the campus of the Health Integrated ministries campus at M.Ramthar,Lamka ,Churachandpur.

On the occasion, the Churachandpur’s Deputy Commissioner P.K Jha , Add.SP Balram Singh and ICDS PO Ms. Memcha Devi act as resource persons.

Speaking on gender issues and gender equality, PK Jha said that women empowerment as an idea or principle is akin to sun glasses and a spectacle through which prism reality will be dispersed, adding that due to gender equality we will get to see a double dose of development that will, apart from women, empower the family at large.

Having done thorough research on gender equality, he also dwelt at length about gender sensitisation in different circumstance which needs to be dealt in separate ways as per the need.

“Men are borne off women’s womb and what is the harm in having a woman CM in the state as it happens at the centre and many state governments in India.”

He also pointed out that national schemes like Rural Health Mission and SSA are women centric.

Speaking on the occasion, Addl. SP Balram Singh admitted that as a police officer, it was not easy to keep in touch with books and reading materials while emphasising the need to care for and protect the right of the child, lamenting that as a police officer he was perturbed by an incident at Takyal where arms and ammunitions were recovered from a juvenile home which is a negative trend.

Talking about provisions under the ICDS which had been carried out in the district, CDPO of ICDS of Tuibuang Ms Memcha Devi mentioned various schemes that had been taken up at Churachandpur which led the participants, particularly the Angawadi workers, to question that they are not aware of most schemes as they are yet to see the buildings and infrastructure being developed in many places as reported.

Interestingly, they and other participants of the program alleged that they are yet to see any buildings or development under ICDS particularly in 6 villages. Khomoi B, Monglenphai A, TollenB, Toillen A, Monglenphai  A and M. Ramthar Chich had no Angwanwadi centres to implement  the ICDS policies.

The participant also said that  it will be ‘wise’  if the authority  look into the  matter  and immediately fulfil the immediate need  of  the  district and bring justice to children in particular  and the general populace in general.

Convenor of MARC Churachandpur  Rev Nicky Thasnga  said  in his key note address that the Government of India  has  given all its citizens  a privilege  to develop spiritually, mentally and physically.

The government is keen to provide for the needy particularly the children at the age group of 0-3 and 0-6 years for which ICDS was envisaged all over India, he added.

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