NCPA on a 100,000 signatures campaign for children



By Dilanthi Jayamanne


The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) said yesterday it hoped to collect over 100,000 signatures for their national pledge to make Sri Lanka a Centre for a Safe Childhood.


Deputy Chairperson NCPA, Nanda Indrawansa said that they would be getting the signatures of people visiting their stall at the ‘Deyata Kirula’ exhibition which is being inaugurated in Anuradhapura today (04).


Initiated one month ago (January 4) the content of the ‘Lama Surekum Paura (Child Protection Wall)’ pledge states that the person signing would become a part of building a country free of child abuse, ratifying and promoting the UN Child Rights Convention to make Sri Lanka the centre for the safety of children in Asia, Indrawansa said.


She said the NCPA had provided its District Coordinators with two books with the pledge stated in them. All those signing would agree to be a part of the "great human wall we hope to build to protect children," Indrawansa said. The signature acquiring process has already been initiated in Kegalle, Puttalam and will be initiated in Anuradhapura today.


She said the aim was to get over 100,000 people to places their signatures in the books. "We hope to conclude the signature campaign within three months and take all fifty books in a procession to the President who was the first to place his signature on the pledge to build a safe haven for children.


"We hope to speak to the conscience of people who sign in these books - child abusers are bound to be amongst those who sign in them," Indrawansa noted.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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