Nepal: Government launches plan for children affected by conflict
|Publisher||UN News Service|
|Publication Date||25 March 2011|
|Cite as||UN News Service, Nepal: Government launches plan for children affected by conflict, 25 March 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4d9037d52.html [accessed 20 October 2014]|
The Nepal government announced last week that children affected by the Maoist insurgency between 1996 and 2006 would soon benefit from a three-year rehabilitation programme. After an initial data-gathering phase to assess the scale of the problem and identify needs, the National Plan of Action (NPA) for the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Children Affected by Armed Conflict will provide child combatants, displaced children and those who lost their parents with improved access to education, health and psychological care, and vocational skills training. The Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction (MoPR) will implement the plan, while the Prime Minister's Office, cabinet ministers, the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare and an unnamed civil society group will all monitor its progress. The MoPR will encourage NGOs to take part in the programme.
Although there are no reliable figures, it is believed that the conflict left at least 40,000 children displaced. In 2009, a children's rights group estimated their number at nearly 10,000. In 2010, some 50,000 people displaced by the conflict remained unwiling or unable to go home. Between 2007 and 2010, the MoPR provided a lump sum of Npr.2,400 ($34) as "education assistance" to almost 4,800 children.