120 students participate in ‘My school, My voice’

The panelists said that poverty does not cause child labour, but child labour causes poverty. Children were involved in the discussions on RTE act, midday meal and others.

The second session of ‘My School My Voice – Children’s Parliament’ was attended by 120 budding parliamentarians from 17 schools in Bangalore.

Childreach International India organised the event at The United Theological College on 4 September 2013. The children discussed and debated solutions to Right to education with focus on ensure 25% EWS in public schools, how to integrate children whow ere never enrolled, in class rooms and ensure safe mid day meal.

The guest of honor was Ramakrishna Upadhaya, Senior Editor, Deccan Herald and President of Press Club, Bangalore. He addressed the gathering and gave some valuable suggestions.

The Parliament session panel had Nagasimha G Rao, Director RTE Task force Karnataka and Fr. Edward Thomas, Member National Commission for Protection of Child Rights. They said that poverty does not cause child labour, but child labour causes poverty. 

Rishikesh, Azim Premji foundation, Bangalore and Neeru Chaudhary, Program Director, Childreach International were also present. The Parliament was conducted by Dipika Naik, Librarian, National Public School, Bangalore. Margaret, director, Dream Homes interpreted in Kannada for the students who belong to Kannada medium.

Neeru  Chaudhary, Director, Programmes, Childreach International India said: “On the occasion of International Children’s day, we could not think of anything better than listening to them. I feel that while drafting legislation or defining a goal pertaining to children we often forget to hear their view points. Through ‘My School My Voice” we create a platform where in we can listen to the leaders of tomorrow.

Childreach International India:

Childreach International India is a development organization that envisions a world where all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential in life.

Childreach International India undertakes direct interventions and partnerships with local organisations to build the capacities of children and adults and help them achieve their rights. It addresses the issues that affect access to quality education for children, gender discrimination, health and hygiene practices and other underlying issues of child rights violations. Children’s ‘Right to Participation’ is on the core of all the projects and activities.

Childreach International India has reached more than 75,371 children from marginalised communities across India and has partnered with National Institute of Disaster Management; ITDC, Ministry of Tourism, Government of India; Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Delhi Government; Hindustan Computer Limited; Jindal Steel Limited; Carlson group; Nasscom Foundation; Ega Partnership Trust; Cognizant; Amity University; Jagan Institute of Management Services; CISCO and ADICE France for supporting our projects.

For more information please contact: Childreach International India, www.childreachindia.org; Address: G3, Delhi Blue Apartments Near Safdarjung Hospital, Beside JPN Apex Trauma Centre, Main Ring road, New Delhi – 29. Tel: 91 11 41042237 or 9868883804.

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