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Fun-filled awareness campaign for child rights

Nov. 20: The city today observed International Child Rights Day by organising various events to prevent child labour and other forms of child abuse.

The Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights celebrated the day with the children of State Home in Jalukbari.

Participating in the function, social welfare minister Akon Bora spoke extensively on various rights of children and role of the commission in protecting their rights. He also stressed on the importance of social awareness regarding rights of children to prevent menaces like child labour.

The commission also organised an art competition for the children of the home, who performed a chorus, dance and recitations.

Don Bosco School, Panbazar, in collaboration with Snehalaya Centre for Child Rights, Paltan Bazar, celebrated the day at the school’s Mama Margaret auditorium.

The main theme of the event was to observe International Child Rights Day as well as to promote and create awareness on issues relating to child rights through music and drama.

In his opening address, Snehalaya director Fr Lukose Cheruvalel said, “Children are from heaven, and so they should have all the rights. This day is for those marginalised children, who should be given the right to live with dignity.”

A touching documentary on the rights of the child, I am a Child, was also shown, whi-ch was followed by a prayer dance performed by the children of Jyoti Snehalaya, with the message of unification and beautification of God.

During the function, Bosconian Rishiraj Kalita spoke on the history and significance of Child Rights Day, followed by a spiritual dance from Jyoti Snehalaya students, a Hindi number from Bosconian Moniraj Hazarika, followed by a Nukkad Natak, Dhina-Dhin-Dha by Children’s Club members on the theme Child Labour and Right to Education.

Principal of Don Bosco School Fr Antony Thekkel in his concluding speech said, “We must use our privileges and means to help the less pri-vileged, like celebrating birthdays and festivals and make the world more child friendly.”

The programme ended with distribution of certificates to the members of the Children’s Club and Youth Volunteer Group for their contribution towards the cause of children.

The day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the International Convention for Children’s Rights of November 20, 1989, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. This day is also celebrated as YaR (Young at Risk) day, which focuses on the vulnerability of young children.