Raipur, Jan 18
Aiming to create awareness about violence against children and developed a sustained as well as meaningful engagement between community and stakeholders departments of the government, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and National Service Scheme (NSS) on Friday launched a campaign ‘Surakshit Para, Surakshit Laikaman’ on ending violence against children.
Addressing the gathering on this occasion, Raipur Mayor Pramod Dubey congratulated UNICEF and NSS for this noble initiative and said that this campaign will create mass awareness about child rights and will also sensitize the society about how violence damages the tender mind of children and adversely affects their overall growth.
Vice-Chancellor Pt Ravishankar Shukla University Professor Keshri Lal Verma; Communication Officer, UNICEF Chhattisgarh, Sam Sudheer Bandi; NSS Coordination, Chhattisgarh, Neeta Vajpayee and other were present during the programme.
As per information received, the campaign will be held in 13 aspirations districts of Chhattisgarh including Ambikapur, Bastar, Bijapur, Durg, Dantewada, Kanker, Kondagaon, Korba, Mahasamund, Rajnandgaon, Raipur, Narayanpur and Sukma.
The campaign is guided by the two-pronged approaches which include awareness and build capacities of functionaries of stakeholder departments namely Department of Women and Child Development, Department of Police, Department of School Education and Department of Health and Family Welfare.
Bala Melas will be organized at each of the districts to provide an opportunity for NSS volunteers, NYKS leaders, NCC cadets and school children to understand child rights.
Moreover, under village connect initiative of the campaign, volunteers will be engaged with functionaries of various stakeholder departments like aanganbadi workers, teachers, school management committees, police, health workers and children. Volunteers will also be engaged with school students to orient them about child rights with a focus on ending violence against children.
To build capacities and a draw road map for ending violence against children, consultations will also be hosted in these districts. The consultations will focus on developing an action plan to create awareness and strengthen reporting and addressing mechanisms.