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PIA Press Release
2010/02/18

80 kids converge in Dumaguete for child, youth convention

by Rachelle M. Nessia

Dumaguete City (18 February) -- Some 80 children from ten identified disparity villages under the Sixth Country Program for Children will converge at the Girl Scouts of the Philippines Conference Hall on February 19, 2010 for a Child and Youth Convention.

The convention aims to focus raising children?s awareness on their rights, particularly on their participation rights, as defined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which marked its 20-year anniversary last year.

The participants will come from the following barangays: East Balabag, Valencia; Sacsac, Bacong; Salag, Siaton; Damig, Kalamtukan, Bayawan City; Calinawa, Enrique Villanueva, Sibulan; Malongcay Dacu, Dauin; Bio-os, Amlan; Luca, Tanjay City; Sacsac, Manjuyod; and Hinacpan, Guihulngan.

The one-day convention will feature lecturettes from Dr. Mercurio Lirazan and Dr. Elsa Orlina of the Department of Education Provincial Division who will talk on Child?s Rights and Child-Friendly Schools System, respectively, followed by Rachelle Nessia of the Philippine Information Agency who will discuss Child Participation.

A commitment signing will likewise be done before the end of the convention with the child participants pledging to help improve pupil attendance in their schools.

High incidence of absenteeism and school drop-outs have been noted as one of the problems experienced by the schools in the 10 identified disparity barangays. (PIA/RMN) [top]

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