On 21 January, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova chaired the first meeting of the National Council for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (CNPDC). Attending the event were Health, Labour and Social Protection Minister Viorica Dumbraveanu, representatives of the Interior Ministry (MAI), Education, Culture and Research Ministry (MECC), the Public Services Agency (ASP), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as well as specialists from the State Chancellery — the government’s communication and protocol department reported.
The PM gave assurances that the protection of the rights of the child would become more present on the government’s agenda. ‘I welcome the possibility to join all those who declared zero tolerance to the violence phenomenon! The statistics concerning domestic violence is not good at all. More actions are necessary for this phenomenon to be condemned and prevented as much as possible. It is within our competence and responsibility to provide safety to the children from Moldova’, Ion Chicu said.
The meeting’s participants considered a roadmap on combating violence against children in Moldova, which includes nearly 50 concrete things. Participants agreed that Council members should come up with recommendations to improve the roadmap, and that the document should be included in the draft of a new action plan on the implementation of the strategy for the protection of the rights of the child.
Participants also unveiled an evaluation report on the implementation of the programme on the development of inclusive education for 2011–2020. In this context, the Council ruled to include a chapter dedicated to inclusive education with concrete measures in the draft strategy, Education 2030, and an action plan to achieve this.
UNICEF Representative in Moldova, Desiree Monique Jongsma, hailed Moldova’s progress in developing inclusive education. At the same time, she reiterated UNICEF’s commitment to the promotion, following and fulfilment of all ideas from the roadmap.
PM Chicu showed concern about minors’ involvement in crime:
There is no morning without me to learn about serious cases which have happened in the last 24 hours – more of them involving children. We gather the fruits of the involution from the last decades. Many children remained outside education, with a single parent or with the grandparents. I think that the school must be re-brought and involved more in the process of children’s education. If we do not get involved with the entire society now, nothing will help us later! We must act jointly.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Council asked the competent institutions to undertake all necessary measures to identify, monitor and provide assistance to children at risk.