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Children get a mouthpiece

Patna, Sept. 22: Children of Bihar have been given voice in Mukul — Hamari Baat, Hamari Awaz, a children newspaper, launched today at a hotel in Hajipur.

Hajipur district magistrate Minhaz Alam released the newspaper today in the presence of Yameen Mazumder, the chief of Bihar Unicef field office, and Seema Kumar, the Unicef programme communication specialist. Mukul has been implemented under a project of child reporters — Our Issues, Our Voices.

The project falls under the advocacy and partnership programme of Bihar Unicef, which ensures maximum participation of children.

Unicef had conducted a series of workshop for children in collaboration with Superamental Foundation to encourage them to bring out their own newspaper. The children expressed their views on social evils like dowry, underage marriage and child labour.

These child reporters also dealt with government-run programmes. Media consultant for the project Naren said 60 children between the age of 12 and 14 were selected from four blocks in Vaishali — Jandaha, Biddupur, Rajapakar and Hajipur for the initiative.

The children were trained on how to collect information on the issues that affect them. He said: “Children from Bal Sansad and Meena Manch were also involved in this project.”

He added: “Participation of girls and social inclusion has been stressed. Out of 60 child reporters, there are 38 girls, 22 boys and seven from socially excluded group.”

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