Taluk Level Child Rights Clubs (CRC)
Convention 2019

On 18 th February 2019, the taluk level child rights convention was organised at Jagalur Gurubhavan auditorium by Don Bosco Child Labour Mission under the CS Project. Around 200 Child Rights Club children, along with taluk level officials, Rev. Fr. Cyril Sagayaraj sdb, the Director of DBCLM (Suprabha), Rev. Fr. Jose Joseph, the Administrator of DBCLM, Rev. Fr. Dominic Kristuraj sdb, Director of Don Bosco Sujyothi, Alurhatti, taluk level tuition teachers, staff of children’s helpline, staff of Cream Project and staff of Open Shelter participated in the convention.

The following Taluk Level officials took active part in the convention:
1. Mr. H. Thimmanna, Thasildar and Taluk Bailiff
2. Ms. B.K. Latha, Police Circle Observer
3. Ms. Bharathi R Bhanakar, Infant Development Planner
4. Mr. V. Girish, Field Co-Ordinator- (B.R.C)
5. Mr. S.K. Ashok, Assistant Director, Social Welfare Department
6. Mr. K. S. Ravi Kumar, Field Composer-(B.R.P)
7. Mr. P.S. Aravindan, Joint Secretary, Jnanatarangini Educational Institution, Jagalur
8. Mr. Marappa. B, Headmaster, Government Higher Primary School, Giddanakatte
9. Ms. H.P.Shravani, President, District Child Rights Club Association, Davangere
10. Mr. Ram Naik, President, Child Welfare Committee
11. Rev. Fr. Cyril Sagaraj sdb, Director DBCLM, Davangere
12. Rev. Fr. Jose Joseph sdb, Administrator DBCLM, Davangere
13. Rev. Fr. Dominic Kristuraj sdb, Director Sujyothi, Alurhatti

The program began with a prayer song by the children from Don Bosco Child Labour Mission. Mr. R. Durgappa the project coordinator welcomed the guests. Mr. B. Manjappa, CREAM project co-ordinator initiated the program by asking a question to the gathering- Whom do we call children? Which age children are called children? Children gathered said that anyone from 0-18 age is called children. He also enumerated the various Laws enacted by the government for the protection of Children (they include Juvenile Justice Act, POCSO, Child Marriage Prohibition Act, Right to Education Act). He also urged that the children through the help of children’s club must see that the rights of children are not violated.

Soon after this Thahsildar Mr. Thimmanna along with other officials present lighted the lamp officially inaugurating the convention. The oath taking ceremony by the officials and other staff was conducted by Mr. T. M. Kotresh.

Speaking on the occasion Ms. B. K. Latha (Circle Inspector of Police) said that the government has brought umpteen number of programmes in order to identify school drop-outs and bring them to the main stream. Children should utilise all these programs for their welfare. When children face difficulties, they should approach Child helpline. Children in special need must contact the Police staff. It’s the duty of everybody to see and inform the concerned authorities whenever they see child marriages taking place.

Immediately Afsana, a student from the Child Right Club informed the official that two child marriages had taken place in her village, in spite of informing the concerned authorities nothing happened. Then the official said her to inform to SJPU or to police officials or to the Child Helpline.

Ms. H.P Shravani (President, District Child Rights Clubs) spoke and said that we need to put in more efforts to use our rights from our childhood days, then we will be able to grow as good children. As we pursue our education we need to demand our rights. It is your duty and responsibility to inform the Headmaster or Village Panchayath members, in case you lack basic facilities in the school like drinking water, toilets etc.

Stringent action should be taken against those who abuse girl children. Every Village Panchayath should hold Special village meetings for children. Incidents such as atrocity against a girl child or Child Marriage should be immediately reported to Child Helpline 1098 and also to Women and Child Welfare department.

Thahsildar H. Thimmanna addressing the gathering said that incidents of Child Marriage should be informed to concerned authorities immediately without fear. If parents forcefully push the girl child into this social evil, they should be given the awareness of the laws enacted by the government. In spite of all these laws they still are involved then it should be informed to concerned authorities. It is the duty of the parents to see that the child grows in a free environment, to experience its childhood days, he also emphasized that the teachers should not pressurize the child by imposing too much home work because of which children are unable to decide for themselves.

On this beautiful event three personalities who upheld Child Rights and who also extended co-operation towards Nutrition, Protection and Education were honoured by DBCLM.

1. Mr. K. S. Ravi Kumar, Field Composer-(B.R.P)
2. Mr. P.S. Aravindan, Joint Secretary, Jnanatarangini Educational Institution, Jagalur
3. Mr. Marappa. B, Headmaster, Government Higher Primary School, Giddanakatte

These three personalities have joined their hands in the activities of DBCLM. They are involved in identifying the school dropout children and bringing them back to school. They have also helped Orphan Children financially to get educated in Diploma and Engineering studies.

CDPO Ms. Bharathi R Bhanakar spoke about the various programs held in Anganwadis through various departments.

Mr. K. S. Ravi Kumar, Field Composer (B.R.P), speaking on the occasion appreciated the works carried out by DBCLM. He also said that he would extend his full co-operation to carry on with these activities.

Mr. Ram Naik, Chair Person CWC, Davangere said that if a child who requires Nutrition and Protection is brought to the notice of the CWC, he will do the necessary help and see that the child is not deprived of that facility. Rev. Fr. Cyril Sagayaraj sdb, the director of DBCLM addressed the gathering and said the main purpose of Don Bosco Child Labour Mission was to identify children in difficult situation and its aim is to see that they bring these children to the main stream. DBCLM has been doing this job for the past 22 years and has rescued thousands of children and has educated them through the Residential Bridge Course and also has helped them pursue higher educational studies. The children were happy to exhibit their talents through cultural extravaganza. Mr. B. Srinivas proposed the vote of thanks and concluded the program. The School Children from Muchanooru, Giddanakatte appreciated the progress that has been achieved through Child Rights Clubs.