DSWD supports calls for child-friendly schools

September 1, 2010 10:30 am 

MANILA, Sept. 1 – Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon "Dinky" Soliman said the agency is supporting all programs designed to turn all of the country's school into child-friendly educational centers.

Soliman said this expression of support is in line with the 20th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child.

She made the pledge together with Department of Education (DepEd) Undersecretary Alberto Muyot, United Nations Childrens' Fund (UNICEF) country representative Vanessa Tobin, DSWD Assistant Secretary and Executive Director of Council for the Welfare of Children Parisya Hashim-Taradji and Plan International Country Director Michael Diamond.

The signing ceremony was done during the launching of the baseline study on violence against children (VAC) in public schools titled “Towards a Child-Friendly Education Environment” held recently at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.

Soliman urged everyone to be active advocates of childrens rights, saying that “a safe learning environment is important to the success of a public school system.”

She added children drop out because of violence, fear of their teachers, fear of reprisals from rival groups and fear of embarrassment from their peers.

The study, which aims to fill the gap on the information about the different forms of abuses and violence against children in schools, was initiated by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), the Philippine Women’s University (PWU), AusAid, Plan International and the UNICEF. (PNA)

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