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CHILDLINE 1098 Service » 1098 Events » Empowering children: Child Rights Panchayat in Meerut

CHILDLINE conducted a Child Rights Panchayat at Meerut.

The workshop aimed to create awareness about Rights of Children and develop interaction amongst the children. Dr.Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), was the chief guest at the occasion. The day long workshop was a platform for the children to express their thoughts, ideas and problems they encountered. The workshop also engaged them appropriately, initiated discussion amongst them.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Shantha Sinha said, "Children's right to education is a fundamental right and non-negotiable."

Child Rights Panchayat in Meerut

"There is a need to amend the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 1986, to abolish all forms of child labour enabling children to enjoy their right to education, or incorporate appropriate sections on Right to Education (RTE) in the proposed Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act," pointed out Dr.Shantha.

"The child participation is integral to addressing child rights and there is a need to be vigilant about child rights, more importantly there is a need to provide for sufficient autonomy and decentralization at the level of the gram panchayat. The functions of the local authority as envisaged in the Act have to be facilitated," stressed Dr.Sinha.

She further said that "the growing gap and disparities between social classes can be addressed only when a world of opportunities and choices are available to our children through education. Education alone can break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and deprivation. Education alone can give self-esteem and self -worth enabling full citizenship. The civil society and the State must come together as equal partners in making the provisions of the RTE Act an actuality."

Dr.Sinha also responded to children's questions about their rights; fight social evils such as child marriage, Child labour, Child trafficking and much more. The interaction during the event witnessed an active participation of children. She addressed issues raised by adults as well. .

Ms.Anita Rana, Director, CHILDLINE Meerut welcomed the gathering. Mr. Lov Verma, IAS, Member Secretary, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Mr. Augustine Veliath, ex-member, UNICEF and Ms. Komal Ganotra were present on the occasion.

Child Rights Panchayat in Meerut

Dr. Shantha Sinha also honoured the CHILDLINE Meerut team by handing over a trophy and congratulated them for working day and night to help children in distress.