Children’s Day in celebration

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Nov 20: Bhutan is celebrating Children’s Day for the second time today. The national celebrated the day on November 11 as well. The world is celebrating 20th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) convention on the rights of the child (CRC) today.

National Commission for Women and Children (NCWC) in its reports said Bhtan has not progressed much in child rights issues as expected. 

Lack of awareness on child rights, insufficient state and political commitment to concerned agencies, and the lack of a comprehensive law are major hindrances to promoting child rights in Bhutan.

One major issue on child rights in Bhutan is child labor. NCWC reports say that large numbers of children are engaged in child labor today. The most common forms of child labor are domestic helpers in the service sector, such as restaurants, automobile workshops and transportation. 

In Thimphu, a mural, or painting on a large surface, by children will be completed, along with competitions on poetry and photography, organised by VAST, in collaboration with NCWC and UNICEF. 

In Punakha, the Je Khenpo will conduct a prayer ceremony for the well being of children globally, followed by his speech on child rights to about 250 child monks and nuns.