JEDDAH: The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has joined the international community in celebrating World Children’s Day. The celebration comes amid difficult circumstances for children worldwide during the pandemic.
IPHRC said in a statement that more than 800 million children have quit school for several months after lockdowns were introduced around the world.
The statement warned that the situation that might lead them to a permanent “education gap,” given poverty and the digital gap between rich and poor countries in finding solutions to the pandemic.
The commission stressed the need for measures and policies that respect children’s rights in the context of pandemic efforts, in order to protect the best interests of children, especially those with special needs and refugee status.
The commission urged all member states to develop a comprehensive and broad agenda for children’s rights, ensuring the rule of law, social inclusion and human development in a way that complies with humanitarian efforts.