Honduras’s Child Congress Asks That The Violence Throughout Honduras Be Ended

Congresspeople from the 21st Children’s Congress of Honduras ask that the nation’s officials confront the violence that pervades life in Honduras, bullying, global warming/climate change, and a vigilance law that affects homes and schools.

One of the congresspeople representing Francisco Morazan presented a motion to make authorities further improve mechanisms which sought to confront violence nationwide in the country which faces an average of three killings a day.

The 128 student congresspeople represent students in schools from each of the country’s 18 departments, and were honored by the National Congress earlier today as part of “Honduran Children’s Day”.

Protecting and caring for children, better schools, more classes and materials in schools, and other school related items were among many of the initiatives planned by the young congresspeople. Maria Jose Ramos a representative from Santa Barbara told the EFE that the children of Honduras deserve to have their human rights respected. Her congressional initiative is to create a law of “strict vigilance” in homes and schools financed by the State so that children can have a “good home life, a good upbringing, and a good life”.

It’s known that it’s quite often the case that Honduran children “do not have the privilege to enjoy their rights, and thus go to the streets,” because oftentimes in their homes they are “maltreated” physically, psychologically, and emotionally.

Ramos also fought for the approval of laws in favor of equal education and health reforms so that “all children can benefit from the same rights”.

Unicef Representative Luz Angela Melo Comments On Children’s Congress:

The Children’s Congress is sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund and by the Secretary of Education. As part of her statements supporting the Children’s Congress Luz Angela Melo (the Unicef representative in Honduras) stated that the children of Honduras deserve to freely express their opinions. Luz Angela Melo also stated that Unicef wants children in Honduras to be “protagonists who actively and authentically participate in the decisions that have to do with their lives.” and advocated for adults to offer children “better opportunities” so that they can live in “protective environments”.

She reinforced the importance of “redoubling the efforts to permit social inclusion and active participation of children in public life”. She also asked for the advancement of “the articulation of Honduran institutions” to achieve “a single system of protection for the rights of children” so that these improvements in the lives of children and society itself can happen in an “efficient manner”.

The little congresspeople also urged for the creation of a law which seeks to combat all types of violence, bullying, and discrimination throughout schools. The motion to combat bullying was introduced by the representative from Francisco Morazan, Jose Antonio Molina who argued that children and young people have a right to live free from aggression and physical intimidation. “Bullying is affecting us physically, psychologically, verbally, and socially” said the young congressman to journalists, and it’s worth noting that the well-spoken child is just 10. Saying that it’s a “problem affecting the entire world” the young congressman also advocated for laws which seek to halt global warming/climate change.

Educational and legislative authorities agreed to take a look at all of the initiatives proposed by Honduras’s children congresspeople for the purpose of eventually making at least some of them objectives for their real congressional campaigns.

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