vision proposed in the NSAPR adopts a comprehensive approach premised on a right-based framework, which highlight the needs of progressive realisation of people’s rights. In this document the Government set the following strategic agenda for the achievement of MDG.
Quality Education (particularly in primary, secondary and vocational levels with strong emphasis on girls’ education)
Sanitation and Safe Water
Bangladesh has demonstrated its commitment to protecting and upholding the rights of the child by signature, accession or ratification of the following international human rights instruments since 2000, namely:
In 2000, Bangladesh has ratified the ILO Convention 182 concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action on Elimination of Worst Forms of Child Labour (ratified in 2001)
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Accession 2000)
Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women 2000
At a regional level Bangladesh has endorsed the SAARC Convention on Prevention and Combating Trafficking in Women and Children for Prostitution in 2002 and the SAARC Convention on Regional Arrangements for the Promotion of Child welfare in South Asia. Bangladesh is also committed to the Rawalpindi Declaration of SAARC calling for the eradication of child labour by 2010. Bangladesh is also a signatory to the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993-2002). The ratification/accession/signature of all these international and regional Conventions, Covenants and Declaration demonstrates the Government’s commitment in prompting and protecting the rights of the child in all spheres of life. Internally, the Constitution of Bangladesh, the Children Act, 1974, and National Children’s Policy, 1994 are serving children’s interests.
In spite of successes, many children still remain outside the primary schooling system. Malnutrition is a common problem and access to safe water and sanitation facilities are not adequate. Children still face violence, sexual exploitation and abuse. Pollution and environmental damage take a toll on children’s health.