As the BNTU strike entered into its third week today, the list of opposers to the shutdown of schools continue to grow. And while the numbers cannot be compared with those that support the teacher’s movement, the fact remains that there are certain organizations that believe the ongoing strike is going against the rights of a child. One of those organizations is the National Committee for Families and Children, (NCFC) who today issued a press release expressing its concern and regret for the plight that children are currently facing as it states that children are being deprived of one of their fundamental rights- the right to a good quality education.
The release goes on to quote Article 28 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child which states “you have the right to a good quality education and be encouraged to go to school to the highest level you can.” Maintaining that the present state of affairs in which Belizean children are out of school for the past two weeks is a direct violation of such article. Adding that NCFC is of the firm belief that children should never be deprived of the opportunity to develop their abilities and talents.
In ending their release NCFC called on all parties to swiftly find a resolution that will return children to the classroom, which will be in the best interest of all children and their families.
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