Nepal to rehabilitate street children within 5 years

Nepal to rehabilitate street children within 5 years
08:34, March 24, 2008
The Nepali government is to work out a national master plan to rehabilitate street children, Nepali national news agency RSS reported Sunday.

A Central Children’s Welfare Committee has prepared a draft of the national master plan to stop the children from coming to streets and rehabilitation of street children across the country in the next five years, according to the report.

The committee is a statutory body created by the Children’s Act(1992), under the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare. It is charged with the overall responsibility to ensure realization of the rights of the children of Nepal by the state collaborating with civil society as well as national and international development organizations. It has overall responsibility to look after children’s issues.

The master plan incorporates the identifying of the street children, their data, the cause of their coming to the street and rehabilitation and coordination among organizations, said Executive Director of the Committee Dharma Raj Shrestha.

It proposes keeping children under 14 in their respective families and those without families in children’s homes and giving training to those above 14 years old, Shrestha said.

The children should not be allowed to come to the street and those in the street should be scrutinized, for which a mechanism should be developed, said Saath Saath Executive Director Biswo Bajracharya on Sunday.

Children are coming to street since the ten-year long conflict in the past, family feud, social circumstances and bad company.

At present, there is no actual data of street children in Nepal and in Kathmandu valley with any institution.



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