Rangpur to become child friendly city: Mayor Mostafa

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

adolescents.

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

special guests.

UNICEF Education Officer Sifat E Islam, its Communication for Development

Officer Monjur Ahmed and Superintending Engineer of RpCC Amdad Hossain also

spoke.

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)