Taluk Level Child Rights Club Convention 2019

Don Bosco Child Labour Mission (DBCLM), Davangere along with BREADS, Bangalore and Department of Education, Jagalur organized a taluk level Child Rights Club Convention on December 27, 2019, under the leadership of community for the Eradication of Child Labour in Jagalur Project staff at Gurubhavan in Jagalur Taluk. The programme started with a rally against child sexual abuse by 200 children from 15 schools. The rally was inaugurated by Fr. Cyril Sagayaraj (Member, Child Welfare Committee, Davangere and Director, DBCLM, Davangere) and Mr. Anjinappa (Headmaster, GHPS, Marienahalli). The rally went around KEB Circle, Private Bus Stand Road and reached back Gurubhavan.

The rally was followed by a public programme. The programme started with a prayer dance by Don Bosco Open Shelter Children. The stage programme was inaugurated by Mr. Manjappa D (Education Officer, Jagalur Taluk), Fr. Cyril and all the other honorable Guests by lighting the lamp. Mr. Durugappa (Coordinator of the project), welcomed all the guests and participants. Key note address was given by Mr. Manjappa B (Coordinator, CREAM Project). In his talk he mentioned how bad he felt about the violation of child rights and he emphasized the importance of child rights clubs in such scenario. DBCLM has been working in the field of child rights for the last 23 years and keeps reminding the Community to give respect to children’s opinion. Few bodies like Makkala Gramasabha, Children’s Parliament and Child Friendly Panchayat are also a great help in addressing these issues. He also commented on the childhood of Malala Usafzai and how she raised her voice for girls and their education in Pakistan.

Mr. Ashok (Social Welfare Officer, Jagalur) spoke about the importance of education and advised children to work hard to achieve their dreams. He was followed by Mr. Manjappa D (ECO, Jagalur). He expressed his happiness for organizing this programme in Jagalur taluk and he extended his regards to MEENA group and to the education department for giving all support to DBCLM and Childline. During his interaction with children, a few problems like lack of sufficient class rooms, lack of teachers, lack of drinking water, lack of toilet rooms were presented by children from different schools. Mr. Manjappa and Ms. Gayathri (PDO, Gurusiddapura) assured the children that their problems will be solved at the earliest. Then there was an oath taking ceremony lead by Mr. Manjunath D (Childline Team Member) in which all those who were present pledged to do everything possible to safeguard children and their rights.

Two people, Mr. TP Obanaik (Head Master, GHPS School Rastemachikere) and Ms. Gayathri (PDO, Gurusiddapura Gram Panchayat), who were very supportive in the implementation of child friendly policies were also honoured for their contribution. In their reply both of them expressed their joy and gratitude for being honoured by DBCLM and pledged their continued support.

The other dignitaries on the dais too enlightened the participants by sharing their experience and expertise. Fr. William Miranda (Director, Prerana, Jagalur) introduced his institution Prerana to the children and asked them to approach Prerana in case of any emergency or to share any problems they are suffering from. He promised them immediate help. Mr. Aravindan (Former member, Child Welfare Committee, Davangere) talked about child marriage, Devadasi system, child labour issues prevailing in Jagalur and difference between problems faced by Government school and Private school. He also talked on safe and unsafe touch. Along with it he added a note of appreciation to Fr. Cyril’s work and his concern for vulnerable children. Master Sanjeev (Representative, Child Rights Clubs Members) brought forth the problems faced by children, their rights and the education system in India. Ms. Shanthamma (Supervisor, Child Development Office, Jagalur) talked about child marriages in Jagalur taluk. She asked the children to contact CDPO in Jagalur in case they face any problems and assured to sort it out for them. Mr. MC Rajappa (Head Constable, Jagalur Police Station) gave some legal advice to children and asked them to call in 100 if they face any problems and also asked them to take information and photos of the accused if possible and later send it to police station. Fr. Cyril Sagayaraj (Director, DBCLM, Davangere) spoke of many issues like child marriage, child labour, school dropouts, etc. found in Jagalur. He reminded all that without the support of local community and its leaders no one can do anything much in fighting these social evils. He appreciated the efforts made by the DBCLM staff and community workers placed at different village tuition centers in this regard.

Ms. Karibasamma (President, District Child Rights Network, Davangere) expressed her sadness that children from 15 schools are participating but only four of them expressed their concerns to the concerned Departments. She talked about some superstitious believes like solar eclipse and how it prevents children from attending their classes. She talked about partiality shown by the politicians to the students of government and private schools. The programme ended with vote of thanks by Mr. Srinivas (Social Activist, Empowerment Community for Child Labour Eradication in Jagalur Project). Back