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50.At district level, there is a committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner which has the responsibility to monitor broad progress achieved in children’s programmes and situation. The committee members received training arranged by MoWCA on child rights and programme monitoring. There is a plan to further the capacity of committee members/concerned persons to handle salutation related to child rights at field level.

51.Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs (MoLJPA) is in the process of establishing 4 Juvenile courts in four divisional cities.

F.  Dissemination of the Convention and the concluding observations

Convention dissemination

52.Child rights awareness is administered under a number of sectoral programmes and projects in addition to a specific media project implemented by the Ministry of Information funded by UNICEF. Sectorally, communication initiatives have focused on the education rights of children, especially those of girls and working children; on arsenic contamination of ground water, on immunization and maternal health. As to the efficacy of these initiatives, an example may be given from arsenic programme which helped to raise awareness among 35 percent of the population in the programme area in 2000 to 76 per cent in 2003. Similarly, birth registration campaigns run in 19 districts resulted in registration of about 8 million children under five years in 2004.

53.During the reporting period, the local language (Bangla) version of the CRC have been printed and distributed to head teachers of all primary schools, Government officials, Union Parishad (Council) Chairpersons, Imams (Religious Leaders) and many others.

54.Workshops and roundtable meetings on issues such as violence against women, violation of the rights of the child, commercial and sexual exploitation of children were arranged. Bangladesh Betar (Radio), National Institute of Mass Communication (NIMCo) and Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) conducted training courses on different media topics.

55.The draft of “A World Fit for Children” document was discussed and shared widely and debated in Bangladesh in 2001 and 2002. This brought important field perspectives into its effective implementation. Divisional and national level consultations were held where extensive comments and inputs were gathered from the participants including children.

56.The Ministry of Information has in recent years undertaken coordinated approach to build awareness on children’s issues. Communication packages were developed for use by mass media and through interpersonal channels. Partnership among eight key agencies under the Ministry of Information: Bangladesh Television (BTV), Bangladesh Betar (Radio), PIB, Department of Mass Communication (DMC), NIMCo, Department of Films and Publications (DFP), Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, BSS (News Agency of Bangladesh) and Press Information Department (PID) helped in complementing efforts.

57.Various types of publications, visuals and television documentaries are regularly produced by Ministry of Information, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, UNICEF and NGOs on children programmes.

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