RANGPUR, Mayor of Rangpur Mostafizar Rahman Mostafa
has stressed on comprehensive GO NGO efforts to gradually turn Rangpur into a
child friendly city giving priority to development of children and
To attain the goal, Rangpur City Corporation (RpCC) will strengthen
activities with different government, non governmental and donor
organisations to build sport grounds and entertainment facilities for
children and adolescents, he said.
Mostafa made these observations at an 'Advocacy consultation on child
friendly city initiatives' held at conference room of RpCC on Thursday
afternoon as chief guest.
RpCC organised the event as part of the UNICEF supported 'Urban programme'
with participation of children from three schools, citizen groups,
journalists, teachers, students, physicians, businesspersons, cultural
activists and UNICEF officials.
Moderated by Panel Mayor of Rangpur Mahmudur Rahman Titu, Chief of UNICEF
Rangpur and Rajshahi Division Najibullah Hameem addressed the occasion as
UNICEF Education Officer Sifat E Islam, its Communication for Development
Officer Monjur Ahmed and Superintending Engineer of RpCC Amdad Hossain also
The participating children expressed desire and opinions regarding their
education, health care, traffic activities for road safety, easier access to
libraries, cleanliness and taking steps to stop smoking, child marriage and
child labour in the city.
Najibullah Hameem said the primary responsibility of building a child
friendly city or living system is of the government.
However, different non governmental organisations, private sectors, civil
society, educational institutions, mass media, children, adolescents and
other stakeholders can play vital role to enhance facilities for building a
child friendly city, he said.
UNICEF has started partnership activities with RpCC to improve living
standard of children through ensuring their health care, nutrition,
education, safety and social security, safe drinking water, hygienic
sanitation and cleanliness in the city.
Successful implementation of the partnership activities would enhance
empowerment of children and adolescents as agents of change to build a child
friendly Rangpur city, he said.
He urged the civil society members to play constructive role for bringing
more dynamism in the ongoing GO NGO collective efforts, especially to support
unprivileged children, toward building a child friendly Rangpur city.
Welcoming suggestions forwarded by children and UNICEF officials, the chief
guest committed to build a child friendly Rangpur city with participation of
citizens and in collaboration with development partners and organisations.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)