The MP state chapter of Unicef on Wednesday celebrated the global agency’s 70th foundation day in Bhopal by organising a series of activities, where actor Dia Mirza called for a society that empowers children.
Unicef works to ensure that each child born in the globe gets the best start in life, thrives and develops to his or her full potential and Mirza is its India chapter celebrity advocate.
“Youth can bring a lot of difference to the country. It is important to recognize one’s own skills and potential. I am impressed with children, who performed today... they presented well issues faced by them in Bhopal,” she said after a cultural event at Samanvay Bhawan.
She congratulated children groups from Harda and Indore for helping their areas become open-defection free. Besides, she talked about empowerment of children and importance of their education and rights.
Michael Juma, the head of Unicef Madhya Pradesh chapter, said, “These are significant strides to be celebrated, however, many children are still socially excluded and deprived of their rights. We must recommit ourselves to ensure that all children are fairly treated and living free from violence and exploitation.”
Nirmala Buch, the president of Child Rights Observatory, said it was important for children to know their rights and speak on issues that impact them. “It is our duty to make sure that they get their due.”
JN Kansotia, women and child development department’s principal secretary, spoke at length about efforts being taken by the state government for benefit of children.
Mirza also inaugurated an exhibition of pictures on ‘Sports for Development’ at Swaraj Bhawan. Sports for Development is an initiative by the school education department and supported by Unicef.
Pictures, taken by young photographers, showcase positive spirit of children through sports. The exhibition is open till December 18.