Policy Advocacy on Child Rights
Government has a responsibility to take all available measures to make sure children’s rights are respected, protected and fulfilled as enshrined with the UNCRC and the Constitution of Nepal 2072. As Nepal ratified the UN Convention on the Right of the Child, it agreed to review the acts and laws relating to children and involve assessing its social services, legal health and educational systems as well as required funding for these services. For the best interest of the child, the state needs to amend existing laws or creating new ones and implement the laws so that children can realize their rights to the fullest. Thus, CN advocates for forming and amending policies, Acts, Regulations, Directives relating to children and the organization continues its contribution for enactment of those acts and policies at all tiers of the government- Federal, Provincial and Local government. In doing so, CN develops the fact sheet by compiling the acts and the laws for child rights mainstreaming in policy level and local level. As a continuous effort, CN does partnership with local governance and collaboration with networks/coalitions. CN disseminates the fact sheet for civic education on child rights at local level and national level. Thus, CN advocates on constitutional arrangement, enactment of laws, formulation of plans, and institutional arrangements through Bal Bimarsha (TV Talk Show), publications, art-based website and social media to ensure the rights of the child in Nepal
Child Rights Protection and Promotion
As per its commitments and obligations, the government of Nepal makes sure children’s rights and create an environment where they can grow and reach their potential. Thus, CN collaborates with the government and develops interactive child rights apps for child rights protection and promotion. It works in child friendly communicable apps to share about the UNCRC, Constitution of Nepal 2027, the prevailing Acts, Regulations, Directives related to children so that all sectors-public, private and government can adopt it for realization of child rights from grass-root level to national level. CN collaborates with academic institution to launch School of Child Rights Faculty for both academic and semi-academic course for producing CR Faculty and Semi-Faculty human resources. The CR faculty includes research, archives, journal and internship. CN continues contributing in the write-up process of the supplementary CRC report on behalf of the civil society.
Constitution of Nepal 2072 has declared the right of child in article 39 including the right to education as the fundamental rights of the child. Nepal is making progress toward achieving SDG4, and there requires new knowledge horizons and opportunities for strengthened solidarity and partnerships around the provision of quality education and lifelong learning for all, especially children. Yet the context is also changing with new technologies and skill demands, as well as economic shocks and environmental degradation. Many barriers to education access and educational outcomes remain in place and challenges to the monitoring of progress remain in context of Nepal. Since education is not only an integral part of, but also a key enabler for sustainable development, it needs to be included in national development plans and strategies for achieving all the SDGs. That’s why, CN works in ensuring quality education through promotion of ECD based model approach by implementing parental education and livelihood program, particularly targeting urban poor.
Climate and Children
Climate change is rapidly unfolding, the world is already experiencing changes in average temperature, shifts in the seasons and an increasing frequency of extreme weather events and other climate change impacts, affecting lives and livelihoods in all regions. With the adoption of the historic 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, world leaders agreed on a vison and blueprint for action for promoting human well-being and lives in dignity for all on a healthy and prosperous planet. With the adoption of the Katowice Climate Package at COP24, the world has entered a new era in our collective efforts to address climate change. Without the achievement of SDG 13, the achievement of all other SDGs will be undermined. Thus, Climate change has increased risks amongst children in terms of survival, development and protection. In order to cope with global challenges of climate change, CN continues developing IEC materials and toolkits for DRR intervention including measurement indicators for the coherent and synergetic action in order to maximize sustainable development and climate co-benefits and scale up levels of ambition towards securing the livelihoods for current and future generations.