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while others have more specialized aims and activities. The members of these organizations tend to come from families of higher socio-economic status. NGOs provide equivalent opportunities for many disadvantaged children. Two major Networks of NGOs in the country also facilitate organizing children through their partners and affiliated organizations involved in promoting child rights and their welfare. There are several similar organizations involved in promoting children’s association and their rights, organize children rally, socio-cultural activities, observing special day. During the period 2001-2005, a UNICEF-supported project increased the life choices of 50,000 adolescent girls through the creation and empowerment of adolescent girls’ groups. Some group members also received livelihood training and most received training to act as peer educators on discriminatory practices, family life education and post-literacy training. The group members participated actively in social processes and raised issues such as early marriage, gender-violence and discrimination.

Table 4.1

Important children associations/organizations

Name of the organization

Year established

Children involved (#)

Activities

Child brigade

1995

Regular-70 Filed member: 500-600

Dhaka city based protection of the children, education, health, child led advocacy, working children movement

ICHCHEY media

2003

Regular: 80 Field member: 800 to 900

Dhaka and Chittagong based. Producing film on children issue, community show and dialogue. Publish monthly news paper, theatre for development, child led advocacy, webpage development and communication, facilitation and monitoring violence against children

Bhorer Alo

2005

Regular: 50 Filed member 100

Education and advocacy through theatre  (Dhaka city based)

Shishu Parishad

1990

Regular-2220 filed member 67,500

National children  task force

2004

3,904

Child journalist  group

2005

145

Child parliament  group

2004

128

Working  children forum

2005

2,738

Working for the better working environment in workplaces

Community  based children  organization  (child clubs)

1999

Total number of children organization is 167. Total member is 39,299

Monitoring CRC, child led advocacy at community level, organise TfD, working children movement (Dhaka, Chittagong, Rajshai, Netrokona, Kurigram)

Children councils

2006

Three councils of 5+7+8 members elected by the children living in the centres

Tongi, Konabari and Jessore (representative council of the children in KUKs)

Source: Save the Children Alliance.

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