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First National Child Council - Palestine elected in Ramallah

April 2, 2016 6:09 P.M. (Updated: April 2, 2016 6:09 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The international NGO Save the Children announced on Saturday the creation of the first National Child Council - Palestine after elections were carried out in the central occupied West Bank city of Ramallah in partnership with the Palestinian Network for Children’s Rights.

The elections were sponsored by the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. 

Children’s rights groups from across the occupied West Bank cast their votes to elect the council. A team representing the Hebron-based Palestinian Charitable Society for Health Education and Fighting Smoking was elected to the presidency, and a team representing a women’s rights charitable group based in Dura near Hebron was elected to the vice-presidency.

Palestinian Minister of Education Sabri Saidam delivered a speech at the event, emphasizing the prominent role children have to play in affecting social change. “The children of Palestine,” he said, “are living under very dire conditions due to the oppressive practices by the Israeli occupation.”

Iman Barghouthi, a representative for Save the Children, said the newly elected council would serve as a consultative committee for Save the Children.

Riad Arar, Director of the Child Protection Program for Defense for Children - Palestine highlighted that the council was the first of its kind in Palestine. “The council will represent the children, reflect their point of view and their aspirations, and question decision makers on the implementation of children’s rights in Palestinian society.”

(MaanImages, File)

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