GUWAHATI, Nov 20 - On the occasion of World Children’s Day, UNICEF and Adolescents and Child Rights Network, Assam (ACRNA) have launched a charter on education and child marriage here.
According to UNICEF the charter was developed by over 70 adolescents from different districts of Assam through a series of consultations in Guwahati.
The charter was launched as part of the weeklong programme carried out by UNICEF and ACRNA in the State from November 19 to build public opinion against child marriage through advocacy and campaigning.
The objective of the weeklong programme is to orient and engage key stakeholder groups of civil society organisations, student organisations both at district and state levels, lower bureaucracy during district level consultations, media and faith leaders.
“The charter by the children of Assam for education and against child marriage focuses on abolition of child marriage and the need for proper education for all children. This charter developed by children articulates their expectations from the elected representatives and the shared vision they wish to see for all children and people,” a statement said.
The recommendations mentioned in the charter by the children include access to quality education, changing harmful social norms, encouraging supportive laws and enforcement, educating and mobilising community members, empowering girls and adolescents, improving village infrastructure and providing economic support and incentives.
According to data revealed by the National Family Health Survey (2015-16), in Assam prevalence of child marriage is around 32.6 per cent which is above the national rate of 26.8 per cent.
The highest prevalence of child marriage in the State is in Dhubri district where the rate is 48.3 per cent, followed by Barpeta with 46.9 per cent and Bongaigaon with 42.6 per cent.