Sign our Petition to Keep America’s Kids Safe

In 1987,  Congress created a National Commission on Children tasked with assessing the status of children and families in America.  This three-year Commission created some of the most meaningful and influential policies for children in modern American history, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, the Child Tax Credit, and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

 

But 1987 is no longer “modern”—and while the policies crafted 25 years ago are still helping millions of children, they aren’t sufficiently meeting the needs of children growing up in America in 2013.

 

Today’s kids are facing new kinds of challenges including threats of violence, increasing natural disasters and persistent poverty.  These should not and must not be hallmarks of the modern American childhood.

 

That’s why we’re calling on President Obama and Congress to establish a new National Commission on Children, along with First Focus, Children’s Health Fund and other partners, to ensure the safety and well-being of every child. 

 

I hope you will join us as you sign our petition and add your name to a growing list of Americans who are demanding a better future for our kids.

 

Today, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart echoed our call in this article, urging President Obama and Congress to establish the Commission, take a stand and make children—so often referred to as our most precious resource—a national priority.

 

Sign our petition here.

Change is possible

SeemaSeema Baral, CASP Director

Kapilvastu, Nepal

February 1, 2013


A bumpy ride along the exhausting track to Kapilvastu in western Nepal wasn’t a problem when all my thoughts were
focused on reaching Ram Dulari Primary School. I had heard from our local partners
that the school had made a lot of progress, and I was excited to see the changes
from my first visit in 2009, when Save the Children were about to begin sponsorship
programs in this new impact area.

I remembered from that first visit there were only 14 students
present in grades 1 to 4. In total, only
82 students were enrolled in the whole school. The two teachers were both volunteers. 

Blog_09.28.12_Children studying in ECCD center of Ram Dulari School_RSZIn 2010, when I visited again, there were only 7 students
present in grades 4 and 5. The teachers explained that due to a local festival,
many children were not there. I had felt disheartened by the number of students
present and didn’t even check how many were enrolled. The few parents there shared
that the teachers do not come to the school regularly, so the children also
tended to miss school. The teachers on the other hand complained that parents
were not serious about sending their children to school. It made no sense to
see such low community participation and drive from parents or the school to
educate the children. 

Save the Children shortly started working with a local
partner to orient parents, promote early childhood development programs, create
a quality and fun learning environment for primary school children, and promote high
school attendance.

When I reached the school I could see that though there are
still a lot of challenges remaining, little efforts were helping bring a huge
change to the most challenging environment we work in.

Blog_09.28.12_Children studying in classroom of Ram Dulari School_RSZThe school now has 211 children enrolled in grades 1 to 5. 87 were present
the day we visited.  Four teachers were
running classes. The school had managed to acquire a teacher supported by the
community, and start an early childhood care and development class with 15
lively children and a trained facilitator.

Although the attendance didn’t satisfy me, there is
encouraging progress that I am very proud of – proud because Save the Children
is there to work with the community, with the schools and with the children,
encouraging them to make the best of their formative years. 

Change takes time, but with collaborative effort and support
from the community, change is certainly possible.

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