As the government reallocates most of its resources to the mitigation of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, children from across the archipelago have spoken up to raise concerns regarding their right to education and protection during these unprecedented times.Speaking in an online forum held by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and Plan International Indonesia Foundation (Plan Indonesia), several children shared their aspirations regarding access to health care, protection from any form of violence, access to online learning, as well as child marriage.A recent study conducted by Plan Indonesia showed that the current health emergency had had a significant impact on children. Access to education, for instance, has been disrupted as a result of physical distancing measures. Furthermore, children are also prone to heightened levels of anxiety, fear and worry the study found.Girls with disabilities from marginalized communities have also been affected by the so-called “secondary impacts” of the outbreak due to their age, gender and other related factors, according to the report.Read also: COVID-19 killed more than 200 young children, Indonesian pediatricians suspectThe children involved in the forum represented several children’s organizations from various regions across the country, including the national and regional chapters of the Children’s Forum, Youth Coalition for Girls (YCG) in Riau, as well as Plan Indonesia’s Youth Advisory Panel (YAP) in Jakarta and East Nusa Tenggara. Plan Indonesia executive director Dini Widiastuti said in a statement that she expected the forum to serve as a bridge between children and the government.Around 50 children from various regions in Indonesia take part in online hearings with the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) and Plan International Indonesia Foundation on June 25, 2020. They talked about various issues related to children’s rights amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Courtesy of Plan Indonesia/-)“We support children in making their voices heard by the state commission, with the hope that they will be taken into account in the policy-making process and evaluation of policies in the context of protection and fulfillment of children’s rights, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dini said.KPAI deputy chairperson Rita Pranawati conveyed her appreciation for the forum.“I am proud to see Indonesian children can deliver recommendations directly to the KPAI and will be used as a cornerstone of the KPAI in providing policy input to the government. Your passion encourages us to realize equal protection and empowerment of children throughout Indonesia,” Rita said.Topics :
(REUTERS) – THE age limit for the Tokyo Olympics men’s football tournament could be raised so that players who were eligible in 2020 will not miss out following the postponement of the Games until the following year, FIFA said yesterday.Olympic football is usually restricted to Under-23 teams for the men’s tournament, with three overage players allowed per team.However, a working group set up by global soccer’s governing body FIFA recommended yesterday that the competition should remain open to players born on or after January 1, 1997, as originally planned, FIFA said in a statement.This would effectively raise the age limit by one year, as requested by both South Korea and Australia.There is no age limit for the women’s tournament.The working group also recommended the postponement of all international matches due to be played in June – a formality, as Euro 2020, the Copa America and the month’s World Cup qualifiers have already been called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The recommendations still have to be approved by the FIFA Bureau, a reduced version of its decision-making Council.“FIFA also reiterates that health must always be the first priority and the main criterion in any decision-making process, especially in these challenging times,” said FIFA.The group proposed discussions with continental confederations to finalise a revised schedule for 2022 World Cup qualifiers, after matches this month and in June were postponed.It also recommended the postponement of the Under-20 women’s World Cup, due to be co-hosted by Panama and Costa Rica in August and September, and the Under-17 women’s World Cup in India, originally scheduled for November.A decision on the Futsal World Cup in Lithuania in September should be made by the end of this month, it said.