Adolescent Development Centres (Kishore/Kishoree Uinnayan Kendra-KUK) with view to help develop the children through providing different trainings and related opportunities/facilities. However, required logistics and resources are reportedly not adequately available in these KUKs. There are shortage of staff, training facilities, and general physical condition and overall atmosphere is not up to the mark.
77.Advocacy, meetings and workshops arranged in collaboration with NGOs and government in 6 Divisions helped release more children from the Jails. Major decisions like deployment of “Child Police Officer” in each police station, not to apply Special Powers Act in cases of children, compulsory submission of monitoring report to police Head Quarters also contributed to reduction of arrest and detention of children in the country. Increased coordination between Police Department and Department of Social Services as well as NGOs down to district level has been a positive development in improving Juvenile Justice Administration.
78.The High Court issued a Rule Nisi in July 2007 upon the authorities concerned to show cause why imprisonment of children in jails should not be declared illegal. The authorities were asked to send the children in custody to juvenile correction centre/development centre, upon hearing a writ petition filed by two NGOs (The Daily Star, 25 July 2007). It is hoped that under the present Government the situation will improve and the Rule Nisi will create impact at operational and legislative levels.
III. GENERAL PRINCIPLES
A. Measures taken on the concluding observations
79.The Government has taken several measures to ensure implementation of the principle of non-discrimination. The State Party has in collaboration with development partners introduced monthly stipends for the families with girl students provided they maintain certain criteria. The programme started with primary school students, now extended to colleges (up to 12 Class). Gender parity has been achieved in access to primary education and Madrasha education. The Government’s initiative to recruit more female teachers (ensuring 60 percent job quota in primary level) and incentives programmes for girls in secondary education could play positive role in reducing gender discrimination.
80.The Ministry of Social Welfare’s ARISE project represents an important initiative to realize the rights of the most vulnerable children who are living on the streets in six divisional cities. From April 2007, the ARISE project has been named as Protection of Children at Risk (PCAR) Project, being supported by under UNICEF. The project will build the capacity of Government agencies and selected NGOs working with street children to provide vocational training and education, access to safe shelters, health services and counselling. Children in institutions such as vagrant homes, correctional centres and orphanages will benefit by the activities of PCAR project.
81.The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) has been implementing the Reaching out of School Children (ROSC) Project in 60 Upazilas (sub-districts) for the disadvantaged children of 7-10 years of age, who were never enrolled or dropped out from the formal schools. Another project, Basic Education for Hard to Reach Urban Children (BEHTRUC), is being implemented in 6 divisional cities for the urban working children