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CHILDREN NAGARA SABAI CONVENTION 2016
‘ENSURING CHILD PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE’
Date: 28th Dec 216 Time: 11.00 am to 01.00 pm
Venue: St Kevin’s School No. 9, Arathoon Road,Royapuram, Chennai 13
Arunodhaya is a non government, non-profit voluntary organization registered as a public charitable trust in the year 1992. Arunodhaya believes that all children are born with an inherent right to justice, peace and freedom and deserve access to all fundamental human rights including education, health care, love, respect, security and protection. Today’s children are future citizens. A nation’s development depends on the development of its children.
Child participation is one of the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children have ability to influence the direction of social change to create a more just social and economic order, nationally and internationally. Arunodhaya’s Child Friendly Corporation is the embodiment of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the local level, which in practice means that children’s rights are reflected in policies, laws, programmes and budget. The concept of participation emphasizes that including children should not only be a momentary act, but the starting point for an intense exchange between children and adults on the development of policies, programmes and measures in all relevant context of children’s lives.
In a child friendly corporation, children are active agents their voices and opinions are taken into consideration and influence decision making processes. Children Nagara Sabai asserts that children and young people have the right to freely express their views and that there is an obligation to listen to children’s views and to facilitate their participation in all matters affecting them within the family, schools, local communities, public services, institutions, government policy, and judicial procedures. When children and young people learn to communicate opinions, take responsibility and make decisions, they develop a sense of belonging, justice, responsibility and solidarity. One of the most effective ways to ensure the participation of children in these processes is to formalize links between children and decision-makers.
Arunodhaya Children Nagara Sabai is created in 25 Chennai municipality wards. The list of wards where children nagara sabai exist is annexed below. Each ward has 10 elected child councilors who are trained on government structure, children legislations, child commission and advocacy. Child councilor from each ward is elected in a democratic way where members of Children Nagara Sabai vote for the candidates standing for election. These elected members act as representatives who voice out to the adult councilors, leaders and other stakeholders to bring a positive change in their community. The Nagar sabai does not stop with children gaining space, raising their voice and adults listening but it has lead to action where children have and continue to influence decision making and implementation of programmes.
Arunodhaya Children nagara sabai has 27,599 child members. They meet four times a year (National girl child day, April 30 Anti child labour day, Independence day, Children’s Day) with the community based organizations (CBOs) and stakeholders. Children Nagar Sabai needs the presence of adult councilors, leaders and other stakeholders as audience to listen to the voice of children. The children Nagar Sabai meetings being convened is an effort towards creating space to express their views and present their demands and able to raise their voice.
Children have developed a good rapport with the ward councilors and community leaders. The child councilors are also members in School monitoring committee, housing monitoring committee, Community child rights monitoring committee and they are well recognized by CBOs.
Children Nagar Sabai is being convened in the 25 Wards as a model which needs to be replicated in other Wards of Chennai Corporation and move towards a Child Friendly Corporation, pressurizing to bring a GO on children nagara Sabai.
Issuing a Government order will give legal recognition to the Children Nagar sabai and creates an opportunity for children to participate in the decision making process of developing policies and programmes related to Children.
In this regard, Children Nagara Sabai Convention 2016 is being held on 28th of December from 11.00 am to 01.00 pm at St. Kelvin School, Royapuram. 200 child councilors from 25 wards are coming together with the demands of their wards which will be presented during the program.
Mr. Praveen P.Nair, I.A.S, Deputy Commissioner – North, Greater Chennai Corporation & Dr. Aruna Rathnam, Education Specialist, UNICEF, Tamil Nadu and Kerala will be the Chief Guest
23 like minded NGOs will also be participating in the convention.
We request you to kindly depute a senior reporter to participate in the Consultation and report it in your esteemed newspaper/journal/channel and support the cause of ensuring child rights.
Guests of honor
Mr. Praveen P.Nair, I.A.S
Deputy Commissioner – North, Greater Chennai Corporation
Dr. Aruna Rathnam
Education Specialist, UNICEF, Tamil Nadu and Kerala
Ms. Esther Maria Selvam
Regional Manager, Actionaid
Ms. K. Sunitha
Program Officer, Actionaid