Chinthana Manthana 2019
On December 31, 2019 Don Bosco Child Labour Mission, Davangere under the
leadership of Don Bosco CREAM Project organized a small gathering of the
stakeholders for a sharing of their ideas and views for the better implementation of
the projects. Mr Vasanth Kumar AT (Social Activist, Don Bosco CREAM Project)
welcomed the gathering.
Mr. Ramanaik Y (Chairperson, CWC Davangere and Social Activist, Don Bosco
CREAM Project) presented an overall view of the programme and briefed the
gathering on the activities of CREAM project from 2013 to 2019. He enumerated the
following achievements of the project:
• 101 Child Rights Clubs were formed
• Child Protection Committees have been formed in the Grama Panchayat level
• 15 SHGs were formed in 2016 alone
• 2 youth trainings were conducted in 2016
• CREAM is working in 10 centres across Karnataka
• Because of this project Hikkimgere, a village in Davangere istrict is declared
child labour free. 10 of our evening tuition students have government job
Mr. Sadanda (Cluster Resource Person) appreciated our work in the rural areas of
Davangere. He also invited to implement these activities in the urban areas too as
there are lots of deserving children in these areas too. He wanted expertise of
DBCLM to strengthen the CRCs in the urban area. Mr. Kotresh TM (Coordinator,
Don Bosco Childline Collab) requested the department head to cooperate with the
team in collecting information on children who are in vulnerable situations. He
exhorted all to stand united to rescue these vulnerable children. Mr. Ramanaik Y
brought into the notice of the gathering that there is a practice of giving fake
attendance in some of the schools in Davangere.
School dropout is very prevalent in places like Mandakki Batti, SSM Nagar, SPS
Nagar, Kabburu, Basappa Nagar, Anna Nagar of northern parts of Davangere. Mr.
Sadananda explained lack of education of parents as the main reason for it. Mr.
Anjinappa (Department of Police) said that there are lots of child labourers in
Mandakki Batti and in and around goldsmith street of Davangere. He asked the
department to take the help of police by producing a letter to the Superintendent of
Police (SP) requesting their assistance by allotting some personnel for it.
Mr. Sunil H (Coordinator, Don Bosco Open Shelter) shared his experience of going
for a raid with the education department to nab down the school dropouts and child
labourers. Mrs. Manjula (Member, Juvenile Justice Board, Davangere) emphasised
the need of teaching moral values to children. Society has a responsibility of giving
care and protection to children. The number of POCSO cases is on rise and some
serious steps must be taken prevent suchatrocities to children.
Mr. Manjunath L (Executive Director, People NGO) explained about Millennium
Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals (MDG and SDG), how all
could be a part of this CREAM activity and how the thoughts and inputs of all
gathered could be of use to the project. According to him 28 departments should join
hands to reach MDGs and SDGs. At least 11 departments must work hand in hand
in the city and it must be taken up seriously. He also invited the attention of the
group to the alarming data that 30,00,000 children are found drug addict. Every
institution too has the responsibility to give complaint in the event of an abuse and
the evidence that the institution gives will remain strong. Ms. Manjula added by
saying when there is a case of POCSO is lodged it must be brought to the notice of
CWC if the child is below 18.
Mr. Basawarajayya (DCPO, Davangere) shared his view that Child Welfare
Committee (CWC) and Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) need to coordinate together
when it is needed. Government schools are getting closed because after getting
admitted many migrate from one place to another place. There is also a big to the
private schools. Mr. Shashidhar (Member, JJB) asked that there must be a proper
system of maintaining attendance. According to him present and absent must be
mentioned properly in the register.
Mr. Sunil added that all need to join together with all the departments and there is a
need of awareness programmes to be conducted in the city area. There is also a
need to follow up and bring back all those left school and joined madrasas. This
issue must be taken up seriously in the workshops held at district and state level and
a proper solution must be reached. Mr. Shashidhar suggested that there must be a
meeting of BEO, DDPI, BRC, CRP, BRP, ECO, NGO’s and police department and
prepare an action plan to bring back dropout children and those who are in
The programme ended with vote of thanks was given by Mr. Sunil.