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PM: Create conditions, opportunities for children’s development 

Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh has called for all sectors of society to join hands to create conditions and opportunities conducive for the development of children, striving to achieve a bright future for them.
Delivering a message on Monday to mark World Children’s Day on June 1, the premier underlined the need to create such conditions so that Lao children could fulfil their development and growth potential and become quality human resources for the country.
To do this, he urged everyone to work together to address the challenges hindering children’s progress.
“We are facing many challenges,” he said.

The main challenges highlighted by the prime minister include malnutrition, low enrollment in preschools and compulsory education, misuse of social media by children, and drug abuse.
In addition, the continuing practice of superstitious beliefs in some rural communities hampers the development of rural children.
“Party and state bodies, the Lao Front for National Development, and mass organisations at all levels as well as the multiethnic people need to work hand in hand to address and overcome these issues,” he said.
PM Phankham said the Party (Lao People’s Revolutionary Party) and the government have always attached great importance to the promotion and protection of children. Attention has also been paid to preventing and resolving violence against children.
On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and 60th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly’s Declaration of the Rights of the Child, the prime minister said Laos had actively followed the convention.
In addition, Lao authorities have set out a roadmap for the development of children until 2030.
“In addition, all Party and state organisations have committed to adhere to the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” PM Phankham said.
He added that every available resource would be used to develop Lao multiethnic children until 2030 in accordance with the roadmap, while striving to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.
The prime minister expressed heartfelt gratitude to all sectors for their active support and contributions which had enabled progress to be made in the advancement of children and mothers in past years.
Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, PM Phankham said it was unfortunate that authorities in charge were unable to organise a large gathering to mark this year’s World Children’s Day.
He called for all sectors, people and students to take great care to modify their way of life in line with new normal practices, while strictly observing Covid-19 prevention and control measures.

By Souksakhone Vaenkeo
(Latest Update
June 1,

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