Mangaluru, Nov 12, 2014: In a bid to create awareness, children from Ranipura School were roped in to participate and be exposed to rights of children through a song and dance, at Prajna Counselling centre as apart of its programme on “Prajna’s step towards women and child empowerment,” . It was stated that 25 schools in Mangalore and Bantwal have formed a committee to raise awareness on child rights.
The panel meets and discusses on activities to make better aware problems faced by the children in their schools to be brought to the notice of the Gram Panchayat President, said the kids.
The event is aimed at creating awareness through songs, dance, skits and street-plays about child rights. It was a part of the activities conducted by Prajna’s Empowerment and Participation of Women and Children Projects. Explaining computer training programme imparted at the Centre, co-ordinator Geetha Pandith said that the destitute poor kids and unemployed women are imparted training in animation.A cartoon story written entitled ‘Druthi and Drutali,’ a destitute child has drawn illustrations.
Expanding on the experience, the girl chold said that she wanted to pursue her studies after fourth standard. However, owing to poverty, her mother put her to work in a house. I was ill treated, later, I came to Mangalore to work in a house, from where I escaped and landed in Prajna centre. Looking at my drawings, our teacher taught me animation, illustrations using computer.. Beneficiary of CFI programme, a woman said that women spend majority of our time sitting inside four walls of the house. After she became member of SHG, she started saving money and preparing phenol, soaps and pearl necklaces and imitation jewellery. With the money earned she was stable enough to educate her daughter who is a lawyer now. Her grand daughter is pursuing MBBS. Chinnara Tangudhama, an initiative of SSA and Prajna Counselling Centre, teacher said that 270 kids were enrolled to the Thangudhama. At present, 30 kids are pursuing their studies. A total of 177 students have already been brought to the mainstream schools through Thangudhama.
DK DC A B Ibrahim said that NGOs play a pivotal role in implementing various welfare schemes of the government. The Prajna Counselling centre should spread its wings and open its centre in other districts. The district administration will provide all the helping hand to the activities of the Prajna counselling centre. Senior civil judge Ganesh B also spoke. It is necessary to take such action forward to benefit the suffering.
SP gauges brilliance : Checking the general knowledge of the children of transit homes and destitute kids at Prajna counselling centre, DK Superintendent of Police Sharanappa asked the kids what IPS meant? The reply was police. When asked who was Abdul Kalam, two female kids promptly said that he was former president and scientist. When asked who was the president of India, the kids answered correctly. For replying the questions, the SP handed over cash awards to two kids.