Bhutan: children's rights in monastic schools

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Bhutan: children's rights in monastic schools

Postby Indrajala » Thu Feb 21, 2013 12:33 pm

Now, a groundbreaking project is entering this closed-off world. A child protection framework is being set up within the monastic school system. Designed and funded by Unicef Bhutan, it aims to instil the concept of child rights into the monastic orders and, more practically, provide children in the monasteries with a way of reporting violence, neglect, mistreatment or abuse. It aims to forge links between the monastic orders, the police and state child welfare services.

See here: ... ic-schools

This is a really good idea.

I've heard stories from monks who grew up in the old days. I imagine much of Bhutan really isn't so different from what they went through.

I wonder if this might be implemented elsewhere in Asia?
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Re: Bhutan: children's rights in monastic schools

Postby Yudron » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:28 pm

What wonderful news! May it spread to the whole world of Buddhist monastic life!
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Re: Bhutan: children's rights in monastic schools

Postby JKhedrup » Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:45 pm

This is great to see. Child Protection offices will go a long way to protecting children's rights and increasing the confidence of people in monastic institutions.
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