District level Children Parliament was organized by Vimukti Charitable trust Pothnal at Utaknoor Gram Panchyats of Manvi Taluka:

Vimukti Charitable Trust in collaboration with Karnataka Child Right Observers, CHILDLINE 1098 Raichur organized District level children Parliament at Tadakal Government High school premises on 27th of October 2019. In the introductory speech Mr. Sudharshan CHILDINE Coordinator Raichur, briefed on the common responsibility that everyone has in order to protect children rights. Everyone has to work selflessly; this is the purpose of the workshop training to instill in everyone the concern to rescue the children. So the laws and regulations must be followed in order to help the children in danger. In taluka level the Tahasildar, education ministers as well as all the taluka ministers of all departments and the public education department at district level and all the heads of the entire department must work unison to rescue the children in risks and protect their rights. All of us should give heed their voice and create a platform better future, Children are the future of our society. Building the children future is like building our nation. In the region of Hyderabad and Raichur there shouldn’t be any cases of atrocities or mismanagement towards the rescue of vulnerable children. If the children of the lower rungs of the society are not helped to get education then we will possible fail to develop our families, our society and our nation.

Over 221 children from the seven villages that come under the Manvi Taluka limits participated in the “District level children Parliament” (Zilla Makkala Hukkugal Samsath) at Tadakal School in demanded immediate intervention of officials concerned in redressing their grievances. By successfully listing out problems being faced by children, especially those living in rural areas, these children became a role model for their counterpart in other parts of the Taluka. The children, guided by the non-governmental organizations Vimukti Charitable Trust (VCT) and the Concerned for Working Children had made all efforts to make the District level children Parliament program was a grand success. The program started with the prayer song led by 9th STD child Rajappa. The meeting was chaired by Mr. Jyothi linga Gowda Tadakal(EO) Gram Panchayath, Utaknoor. He said it was important that the State Government conduct capacity building programmes to equip panchayats and officials and all civil society groups which would be engaged in ensuring that the children’s Parliament realized their full potential. Utaknoor Gram Panchyat President Mr. Govindappa, Mr. kuber high school head master, Mr. Sadashivappa Tadkal head master, Anganvadi teachers, Basamma PHC staff nurse, Manikayamma, Mrs. Nagarathna AWC teacher, Vimukti staff heard the grievances of the children.

Delivering the keynote address, by Fr.Sathish Fernandws CWC member Raichur said detailed the need and importance of conducting such District level children Parliament Program. The children raised issues such as problem of drinking water and lack of sanitation facilities in their villages. They also brought to the notice of the authorities issues such as child marriage and child labour that were prevalent in the villages. Problems being faced by people in rural areas, especially school children, owing to the failure of Electricity Supply regularly dominated the proceedings. The authorities expressed their helplessness over sorting out the problem of power supply as the Government had to deal with it. They gave an assurance that in the next action plan of the GP, some percentage of the funds would be used for children’s welfare programs.
The Panchayat authorities assured the children of sorting out problems regarding drinking water and sanitation facilities. Not satisfied with oral assurances, the children sought an acknowledgement from the authorities for having received their complaints and wanted them to fix a deadline to solve the problems. The authorities told the children that they would come back to them after presenting the issues before the departments concerned. CHILDLINE coordinator took great step to bring back the dropouts and child laborers to schools. To achieve this, they planned strategies like sensitizing the parents about child rights and the importance of education.

At the end of children parliament program, the Vimukti collected opinions of children who attended it. A primary school student, Suresh from Uataknoor village said that - Till now we used to share our problems only in front of our parents but after participating in this program, I got the confidence that I can share my problem in front of so many people and I am hopeful about getting solutions for our problems. - He opined that after the implementation of the Child Rights parliament, children need not feel inferior and suppress their feelings and opinions.

All the officials present during the progrmmme has agreed to solve all the problems raised by the children at the earliest. Children were also suggested to present a memorandum to PDO citing all these issues. Children dispersed from the programme with great relief that they could raise voice for their rights and the problems are to be solved soon.

PARTICIPANTS: There are 221 children Representatives and line department officers from District had attended this training, and benefitted from this training. Additionally, participants jointly opened to each other by providing and receiving comments and feedback constructively. In summary, they were very interested in the training and participated in the training activities actively. At the end of the training programme, Mr. Arogyappa, Women and Child Development department Raichur gave the vote of thanks.

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