Children

NGOs have submitted 148 proposals on child protection to presidential candidates

In an unprecedented solidarity, the Agenda 227 movement brings together more than 140 civil society organizations. The document entitled “Country Planning for Childhood and Adolescence” reached the parties this Monday (13/6).

The initiative includes proposals in areas such as education, diversity, inclusion, health, the fight against violence, food security, basic sanitation, the environment, culture, sports and leisure.

“The problem of childhood and adolescence is broad, and is solved when we look at other issues, such as climate, gender, racism,” explains Marcus Fuchs, who is part of the movement’s executive branch.

In total, there are 18 civil society organizations and more than 140 participating organizations “We’ve tried to learn the key lessons from each of these agendas, because such initiatives can come from society, not from an organization,” Fuchs said.

The proposals recognize the Statute of Children and Adolescents (ECA), the legal framework for early childhood, and a reference right established by the relevant law. At the same time, they are guided by the goals set by the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Fuchs stressed that with the introduction of the constitution in 1988, Brazil was at the forefront of determining the rights of children and adolescents. A country has made a moral choice to give absolute priority to childhood and adolescence. “

Deterioration of condition

The agency has been pursuing the issue in Brazil since 2015 and noted that serious disasters have occurred since then, especially during the epidemic. Experts explain that the limits of existing public policy have become clearer at this time. These include food insecurity, domestic violence and lack of education.

The Uninterrupted National Family Sample Survey (PNAD) for the second quarter of 2021. The population aged 6 to 14 years and 15 to 17 years has increased by 171.1% compared to the same period of 2021. 2019. This means that 244,000 children and youth, 1% of the total in this range, were not enrolled in school. This is the highest number in six years.

“What we have seen in these eight years is that childhood and adolescence should be considered a priority since the promulgation of the constitution. But that’s not what we see, “said Fuchs.

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Planning for the future

The movement proposes a proposal for the long-term future, but that must be implemented immediately.

Thus, after the proposals are published, Agenda 227 will discuss with the pre-candidate parties how the issue should be part of the official plan. After the election, the party will continue to maintain uninterrupted communication with candidates so that the rights of children and adolescents are a priority in both the planning and implementation of the government for the next four years.

A study conducted by the Institute of Applied Economic Research (Ipea) in partnership with UNICEF found that between 2016 and 2019, more than 3% of the union’s (OGU) general budget was spent, approximately R $ 90 billion, among the population under 18. Done. When the amount is divided by about 51 million by age, the value reaches only R $ 5 per day.

“There is no developed country that does not see its childhood and adolescence first, it is a consensus. Candidates should consider that if we do not give priority to this group, then we are compromising with the progress of the country in various fields, ”he concluded.

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