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    Sri Lanka scores highest in Child-Friendliness Index

    April 14, 2014

    The three-year survey conducted by the South Asian Initiative to End Violence Against Children revealed that Sri Lanka had the highest score in the Child-Friendliness Index in the South Asian region.

    The survey was conducted taking into account child health, education, and protection as the main criteria in measuring the child friendliness environment.

     

    The Child Development and Women’s Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda said that the Government’s initiative to protect children’s rights and look into their needs in the past few years helped Sri Lanka to score a first in the Child-Friendliness Index among South Asian countries, .

     

    The Minister pointed out that the hotlines 1929 to report the cases of violence against children and 1938 to report the incidents of violence against women has contributed to made a major impact on protecting children and women keeping Sri Lanka in the highest position in terms of protecting children and women’s rights.

     

    He said children in Sri Lanka are fortunate to have a leader such as President Mahinda Rajapaksa who loves children more than any other world leader.

     

    The Government always set up early childhood development centres countrywide to promote child education rather than opening orphanages to serve destitute children”, the Minister said.

     

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