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Meena Day 2007 Promotes Birth Registration for All

Sept 23, 2007, Dhaka: The rights of children will get a boost today as Meena Day is celebrated across the country. Meena Day is commemorated every year with the aim of highlighting issues that are important to children while also recognizing the importance of children.
Meena is the famous cartoon character who was born in 1991 here in Bangladesh. She is now recognized throughout South Asia and she is a communication tool that advocates for child rights, particularly girls’ rights to an education, protection, access to services. Meena Day was officially declared in 1998.
The day will be celebrated in Dhaka and all six divisional cities with this year’s focus being Birth Registration for all children. Birth registration is an important issue as it gives children access to education, health care and other important services.
Several programmes and events have been chalked out to mark the Meena Day. The Directorate of Primary Education will organize a programme at LGED auditorium with the participation of around 400 children and high profile government officials at 10 am. The programme will include a children’s performance and screening of Meena television episodes.
The Bureau of Non-formal Education (BNFE), under the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, will organize a programme from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Public Library auditorium. Young learners of the working children’s project will participate in the programme.
In the afternoon, Shishu Academy will organize a cultural programme for children to celebrate the day. Shishu Academy will also organize a drawing competition and theatre activities in all 64 districts.
Meena drama shows will be staged in different points of Dhaka city by theatre groups and a truck carrying life-sized puppets of Meena, Raju and Mithu accompanied by a group of child performers.
UNICEF developed the Meena Communication Initiative (MCI). The Initiative is aimed at changing perceptions and behaviour that are detrimental to the survival, development and protection of girls in South Asia.

For more information, please contact:
Arifa S. Sharmin Communication Officer, UNICEF, Dhaka
+8802 9336701-10/Ext. 442



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