A one day review and interaction program on child labor, child protection and child friendly local governance was held On 11th October 2017 at Gorahi Sub Metropolitan City. The program was chaired by Mayor of Gorahi Sub Metropolitan City Mr Naru Lal Chaudhary as Deputy Mayor Sita Sigdel Neupane remained special guest during the program and Mr. Ram Prasad Gautam, Child Protection Officer of UNICEF Regional Office Nepalgunj was the guest of the program. During the event, Mr. Bal Krishna Khanal, Social Development Officer of Social Development Section of Gorahi Sub Metropolitan City shared on Child friendly local governance. Durga Lal K.C from HIPDEC shared on their involvement in working against child labor. He shared that HIPDEC in coordination with Gorahi Sub Metropolitan City has been conducting survey, case management of child labor, psychosocial counseling support, educational and health support. Similarly, Mr. Yubaraj Ghimire, Thematic Coordinator of CWISH interacted with newly elected ward chairperson and stakeholder on national scenario and role of local governance. He discussed on the situation of child labor in Nepal and compared it with the international arena. Mr. Bharat Adhikari, Child Protection Officer of CWISH shared on CWISH’s coordination with Gorahi Sub Metropolitan City to minimize child labor.
Mr. Ram Prasad Gautam, Child Protection Officer of Regional Office UNICEF shared on the involvement of UNICEF to work against child labor. He showed commitment in working together with all stakeholders to end child labor.
Mayor of Gorahi Sub Metropolitan City Mr. Naru lal shared that during the process of urbanization, various issues and problems arises due to poverty, culture and traditions. He shared about various social problems existing in the society such as child labor, child marriage, street children, lack of birth registration of children etc. He stressed on the need of Positive Parenting in order to reduce problems to a larger extend. Also he focused on the need of educating children and teaching them morality rather than just material support. He concluded his words with the commitment to work against child labor and develop child friendly city.
During the program, Mayor of Gorahi Sub Metropolitan City, Deputy Mayor, 19 elected ward chairperson and 8 Municipal Executive Committee Members participated.