DOT Desk: Nine in ten Bangladeshi children say that it is very important for the government to spend more on education, health and other areas that directly impact children, according to a new Unicef survey.
14,000 children and 37,000 young people aged 18-24 participated in the survey, which asked them for their opinions about the national budget. Children are also posting their top priority asks for the national budget on Unicef’s Generation Parliament online platform, reports TBS.
“Children have a lot to say about what they want from us, about their hopes and aspirations. As public representatives we need to listen to them and engage with them meaningfully. From my position, I will continue to champion their rights and convey their voices to national leaders for a better Bangladesh,” said Md Shamsul Haque Tuku, chairman of the Parliamentary Caucus on Child Rights.
“Every aspect of children’s lives has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the findings from this survey show that they are aware and concerned. It is critical that national leaders listen to them,” said Sheldon Yett, Unicef Representative to Bangladesh.