Exposure and Training – from Gangavathi Children Parliament Team: Vimukti Pothnal

A team from Gangavathi children Parliament comprising of 90 children along with Staff participated in the training cum exposure programme organized by VIMUKTI Pothnal on child rights issues. The training was organized at Vimukti premises on 24th of February 2019.

The main objective of this training was to enlighten the children regarding children parliaments and its function. The training was on various topics like, child labour, school dropouts, unaccompanied children on the streets and child marriage. The most important strategy that was thoroughly discussed was that of community participation in eradicating these child-related problems, especially through the participation of children. In order to elicit community participation, all the stakeholders especially the children, need to be trained on child rights and its violations. The group was enlightened on the importance of creating platforms like child rights clubs, and children’s parliaments at the Gram Panchayath where they could exercise their rights to participate and fight for their rights.

The children also discussed in groups about the common problems children face in the villages and also devised new strategies based on their learning from the training. They were introduced to the modules that could be used for various trainings and detailed instructions on how to form a child rights club. Individual action plans were made about what they could do in villages. During the exposure visits, the team had the opportunity to meet vimukti children parliament members. The most inspiring were children from the child rights clubs who shared the various actions they had initiated in order to promote child rights, and to protest and stop violations. Overall, the team was happy with the training and visit, which was evident from their active participation and from their evaluation. They promised that they would go back and send a revised action plan to take forward their learnings from the visit.

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