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Weeklong rights crusade for girls

- City-based NGO reaches out to 20 schools

When the task is huge, a day is not enough.

While National Girl Child Day was celebrated across the country on January 24, city-based outfit Adarsh Seva Sansthan has embarked on a weeklong drive to spread awareness among schoolgoers about the rights of the girl child.

The Sonari-based NGO, which started the drive on January 24 , aims to cover over 300 students of Classes VI to VIII in 20 schools in East Singhbhum district.

The outfit has joined hands with Unicef for the campaign and has chosen the schools under the latter’s Child Reporters’ programme.

Teams from the outfit visit these schools and organise a series of activities aimed at spreading awareness about different aspects of girl's rights.

A team from the outfit visited Marwari Hindi School, Ghatshila, on Monday.

“Children in these schools are aware about contemporary issues because they are involved in making wall magazines and a host of other activities held at their cradles as part of the Unicef programme,” said Tarun Kumar, an official of Adarsh Seva Sansthan.

The visiting teams initiate serious discussions on issues like child marriage, anaemia control, girl’s education and trafficking.

Students also participate in slogan writing and painting competitions based on themes pertaining to girls’ rights. Panel discussions are also organised during the visit of the team.

Sources from Adarsh Seva Sansthan said they raised relevant topics and encouraged students to share their views on it.

In many cases, juniors under the Unicef programme had managed to bring about constructive changes by stopping child marriages, they claimed.

“National Girl Child Day has been started as a countrywide mission by the government of India. This mission aims to raise awareness about girls’ rights and involve them in decision-making processes. We are trying to bring about the same change through conducting awareness drives in schools,” said Kumar.