A national seminar on ‘Street Children of Bangladesh: Observation and Task Ahead’ was held at the auditorium of Dhaka Ahsania Mission at Dhanmondi in the capital on July 7, 2014.
There are about 11 lakh street children across the country, speakers said. While growing up, they face discrimination and injustice. Taking advantage of the weakness, a section of people engages them in various criminal activities and risky jobs. As a result, their normal growth is hindered. They called upon people from all walks of life to come to the aid of the street children to get rid of the phenomenon.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission president Kazi Rafiqul Alam chaired the occasion. The inaugural session of the seminar was attended by the secretary of the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Tarique ul Islam, as the chief guest. Maruf Momtaz Rumi, the country coordinator of KNH Germany, Md Omor Faruk, the national project director of Child Sensitive Social Protection in Bangladesh, Department of Social Services, Shamima Begum, the deputy police commissioner, Victim Support Centre, and AFM Faruque, the director of the Non-Formal Education Bureau, were present as special guests.
Kazi Ali Reza, the director of Public Relations Department (PRD) of Dhaka Ahsania Mission, read out the key-note paper.
Dhaka Ahsania Mission has been working for welfare of disadvantaged street children for a long time. It is implementing various programmes through different projects to provide them with psychosocial support, shelter, balanced diet, general education, healthcare service and free themselves from hazardous jobs. Based on the past experiences and in light with the National Child Policy and the Charter of Child Rights, and as a partner of government, the first children village of Ahsania Mission Children City was established on 300 bighas of land in Panchagarh in 2011 with assistance from KNH Germany. A total of 10,000 disadvantaged street children would be rehabilitated under the programme.