Educational Empowerment Camp for Tuition Children
October 14 to 18, 2019 @ DBCLM, Davangere
Don Bosco Child Labour Mission, under the leadership of CREAM project organized
an educational empowerment camp for the students attending its tuition programme
in the ten villages of Uchangidurga, Ramaghatta, Kanchikere, Teligi, Arasikere,
Nitturu, Kadathi, Haluvagilu, Duggavathi and Neelagunda. The camp started on
October 14 th and ended on 18 th . It was attended by about 100 students and a few
teachers from these tuition centres.
The camp was inaugurated by Mr. Mahantheesh Beelagi (District Collector,
Davangere) in the presence of other guests of honour like Mrs. Shailaja Basavaraj
(President, Zilla Panchayat, Davanagere), Mr. Niranjan (EO, Education Department),
Fr. Jose Joseph (Administrator, DBCLM, Davangere), Fr. Devikanth Vivek (Director,
Don Bosco Sujyothi, Aloorahatti), and Ms. Lakshmi (Student Representative). He
also planted a sapling in front of the centre as part of his maiden visit to the centre.
While addressing the students Mr. Mahanthesh exhorted the students to make use
of childline helpline number when they face any violation of their rights in the
community and society. He encouraged them to get engaged in reading, writing,
taking nutrition food, participating and involving in non-taxable activities like music,
outdoor and indoor games, singing, speaking, painting, etc. These too are rights of
children, he said. He encouraged them to dream, dreams that could take them to a
good status in the society.
Mrs. Shailaja Basavaraj (President, Zilla Panchayat, Davanagere) told the children in
her address that knowledge commands respect. Today education is unavoidable and
inevitable. Children need education if they want to know their rights and demand it.
Not only do they have rights, they have also certain responsibilities like respecting
elders and following the value system of the society in which they live. The world
listens only to people with education and experience.
There was also the release of the awareness posters and child rights and human
rights text books by the guests.
The camp had a couple of sessions, yoga class and other fun and entertainment like
party games, party songs, action songs, etc. The sessions covered various topics
like Government Facilities for Education of Children in Karnataka, Child Rights
Clubs, Its Formation Method, Concept, Conducting the Meetings, Keeping the
Minutes Book, Advocacy Activities, Child and Law in India, JJ Act, Childcare and
Protection Mechanism, Childline and Child Protection, Importance of Education and
Open Shelter Project, Leadership Qualities and Advocacy Mechanisms and
Following Laws as Normal Citizens of India. These sessions were presented by Mr.
Rajappa M, Mr. Vasanthakumar AT, Mr. Ramanaik Y, Mr. Chandraprakash, Mr.
Heeryanaik BS, Mr. Harshad Ali, Ms. Jyothi, Mr. Nataraj, Ms. Manjula, Mr. Manjappa
B, Mr. Jakriya, Mr. Jayappa, Mr. Chethan M Dsoza, Mr. Manjanaik, and Mr. T
On 18 th , the last day of the camp, there was a valedictory programme organized at 3:30
pm. Mr. Jayappa (Yoga Teacher), Mr. Ramappa (Head Master, GHP School, Kadajji),
Fr. Cyril Sagayaraj (Member of CWC, Davangere and Director, DBCLM), Ajay and
Rakshitha (Student Representatives) were the guests on the stage.
Mr. Jayappa asked the students to be happy always without fear. Health and education
are important in anyone’s life. Camps like this help the participants to acquire
knowledge and different skills. Mr. Ramappa suggested the children to utilize every
opportunity and improve life. Leadership is most important to students. Don Bosco has
great knowledge and experience in child rights and they are giving these children
enough and more opportunities through different programmes. Now it is upto the
children to make use of this expertise and experience to develop a child friendly
environment and society, he said.
There was also a display of different cultural programmes by the participants as part of
the valedictory function. The guests distributed the medals and prizes to the winners of
various games and activities conducted during the camp days.