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 Nagaraj.

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. Back