Makkal Grama Sabha: “EVERY CHILD’S RIGHT TO BE HEARD”….Vimukti pothnal

Vimukti Charitable Trust®, Pothnal, organized Special Children’s Grama Sabha at Utakanoor Grama Panchayat, on 29th of January 2021. “Every Grama Panchayat should become increasingly child-friendly by identifying and redressing the issues faced by children”, said Charlie Gram panchyath member, Utakanoor, in his inaugural address. Arogyappa Vimukti youth coordinator, Manvi said that everyone should join hands to ensure the protection and promotion of child rights and the safety of children by accessing appropriate authorities and existing safety mechanisms. Manthesh Secretary, Malesh water man, Adhya teacher utaknoor primary school and Vimukti staff, spoke on the occasion. ICDS staff, district health officers, project staff, school teachers and over hundred and fifty children participated in the programme.

Issues Raised by Children

Children expressed their concern regarding the lack of water and sanitation facilities in the schools, the unhygienic and unclean village surroundings and main streets. There is no sufficient number of teachers in the school and the quality of the mid-day meal is apparently poor and there is no playground, children added. Mahanthesh Grama Panchayat Secreatary, in his reply said that redressing the water and sanitation woes and improving the school infrastructure would be the top priority. He appealed everyone to help in maintaining cleaner village surroundings and in creating a child friendly atmosphere in the Panchayat.

Impact of the Programme

The children said that Children’s Special Grama Sabaha is a unique forum to express their opinions and concerns. The general public welcomed the gesture to improve the participation of children in the local government.

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