Universal Children’s Day: Ramzan joins Bhopal kids in celebrations

  • HT Correspondent, Bhopal
  • Updated: Nov 22, 2015 17:25 IST
Children from Patalkot participate in an event on Universal Children’s Day at Chhindwara on Friday. (HT photo)

A cultural evening was organised in Bhopal on Friday to celebrate United Nations Child Rights Day.

The event, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), along with its social wing Young Indians (YI), in association with Childline, aimed to create awareness among children about their rights and security.

Children from different areas of the city took part in the event.

Pakistani boy Mohammad Ranzan, who was recovered from the Bhopal railway station a couple of months ago, also took part. He has been staying in the Childline shelter house since then.

Besides, non-government organisations (NGOs) working in the field of education, security and self-development of children also joined the event.

The key feature of the evening was a rock band ‘Meri Zindagi’. The Lucknow based all-girl band, led by Jaya, through their performances gave the children message to fight social evils.

Sharing his experience at the shelter home, Ramzan said that he likes the way he learns and plays with his friends.

He also expressed his opinion about the cultural evening. “This event is very entertaining. I love music and dance and all of us are having fun,” he said.

YI volunteers, who were felicitated for their good work, also motivated children with their words.

President of Young Indian, Bhopal Chapter, Prakriti Jain said, “We have different initiatives for different areas of social work. The one dedicated to children’s development is associated with Childline and our objective is not only to give them the required amenities, but to help them grow as an individual for their better future and henceforth a better India.”

MP Vigyan Sabha, UNICEF conduct event for Patalkot’s tribal children

About 90 tribal children from remote villages in Patalkot — situated about 1,500 feet below surface level in the Satpuda ranges — participated in an event organised to mark the Universal Children’s Day on Friday at Gaildubba in Patalkot.

The event, which had been organised by the MP Vigyan Sabha, with the support of UNICEF, also witnessed the release of a booklet on the ‘voices of children on Patalkot’.

At the function, the children spoke about spoke about the issues they faced at school, the things they enjoyed, the challenges and discriminations they face, their plans for the future and how they contributed to the making of wallpaper titled Guiyyan (friends). They also openly discussed challenges and discrimination faced by them and their future plans.

Manish Mathur, officer in-charge, UNICEF MP, encouraged the children to be courageous and speak up about issues that matter to them. He also promised them that booklet containing their views would be shared with the government.

RB Choursia, project officer of the tribal department said that it was encouraging to see children receiving a platform to express their opinion and thanked the UNICEF and MP Vigyan Sabha for providing the opportunity for them to do so.

‘Gyan Vigyan Potli’ — a kit of informative material and books — was also released to be kept at the Vigyan Sabha centre in Patalkot so the children could get access to books.

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