Pre-Launch and Children's Consultation of Every Last Child Campaign in Sri Lanka
Save the Children in Sri Lanka conducted the pre-launch of the “Every Last Child” campaign where 175 children from all the districts of Sri Lanka were consulted and children themselves identified key issues of children left behind and presented to the His Excellency President of Sri Lanka. The process took place during 11th to 13th of June as part of the National Children’s Council annual summit.
Department of Probation and Child Care Services and Ministry of Women and Children’s Affairs and other key government and Civil Society Organizations worked with Save the Children in this process. On 13th of June children presented the identified issues and recommendations to the President of Sri Lanka under key five areas affecting children’s lives in Sri Lanka along with the issue of “Children Left Behind” by migrated parents. It was clear that other key issues identified by children are inter-connected with the issue of parent’s migration- child protection, education, child participation and the impact of the media were key concerns raised by the children to the His Excellency President of Sri Lanka with their recommendations.
“Children left Behind” were identified as the most marginalised group of children in Sri Lanka. The gravity of these issues was clear in the analysis which reflected migration as a key cause for many of the issues faced by children today in Sri Lanka. This was presented to the right eyes of the government as the consultation proved that there are widening gaps in child protection, educational and economic development of children who were left behind compared to their counterparts who are wealthier and who have adequate parental care. This prolongs the process of abolishing child poverty and hope that with the awareness of these issues, the government and Save the Children, together with coalition partners, be able to meet the needs of every last child in Sri Lanka.