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Volume IX, Issue XI

November 2017

EVENTS November 2017  Rector Major visited

Don Bosco Provincial House, KJC and BOSCO Children’s Day celebrations in all the centres Special Gram Sabha exclusively for children in all CREAM projects Recognising the Champions of Child Rights on the occasion of Child Rights Day State level CRC network campaign at the KSCPCR office CSR activity by Deutsche bank team at DB BEST Academy Inauguration and Certification of skill training batches at DB BEST Academy and Sindhi Academy of Skills JEW Austria representatives visit BREADS’ projects Province Development Office meet in Dimapur

DIRECTOR’S NOTE There are 444 million children in India under the age of 18 years. This constitutes 37% of the total population in the country (Census 2011) Education:  1 in 4 children of school-going age is out of school in our country – 99 million children in total have dropped out of school (Census 2011)  Out of every 100 children, only 32 children finish their school education age-appropriately (District Information System for Education (DISE) 2014-15) Child labour and exploitation:  There are 10.13 million child labourers between 5-14 years in India (Census 2011)  India has 33 million working children between the ages of 5-18 years. In parts of the country, more than half the child population is engaged in labour (Census 2011)  Every 8 minutes, a child goes missing in India – kidnapping and abduction is the largest crime against children in our country (District Crime Record Bureau (DCRB) 2014) We have a long way to go before we could meaningfully celebrate children’s day in India. Don Bosco projects have celebrated children’s day focussing on these issues so that the system may awake and be informed. In the November issue of SLICE we focus on children’s day and advocacy campaign by state level network of child rights clubs. With best wishes, Fr. Joy Nedumparambil SDB Executive Director BREADS Bangalore


December 2017  Special Gram Sabhas

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exclusively for children in all CREAM projects Intern from Azim Premji University Blessing and inauguration of the first floor of Savio Bhavan, Tumkur Monitoring and evaluation visits to the projects Christmas celebrations in BREADS Daan Utsav at SLK Global Solutions and KPMG Private Limited

Special Gram Sabha exclusively for children Special gram sabha for children were conducted at Upregenahalli, Maradihalli, Bharamasagara,Madanayakana halli, Kondlahalli, Konsagara, and Madakaripura in the district of Chitradurga. Nearly 1300 children participated in the special gram sabha. The children’s gram sabha paves the constructive platform for children to bring out the prevalent issues... more

Stop Child Marriage Chithra Don Bosco, Chitradurga organised the Children’s Day at Molakalmuru, Chitradurga on 14.11.2017. The day started with the inauguration of Nisarga Makkala Okoota by Mr. Yogesh Babu, Zilla Panchayat member, Mr. G.V Lokesh, BEO,Chitradurga, Fr. Maria Julian, Director,Chithra Don Bosco, Chitradurga, Mr. Chandrashekariaha, Taluk Executive Officer... more

Children’s Day at Don Bosco Hospet Don Bosco Hospet celebrated children’s day with a theme protect us with love on 12th November. More than 900 poor children in and around Hospet Taluk gathered in Don Bosco campus for the meaningful celebration of the occasion. The celebration began with cultural programmes. Children performed dance and singing. Chief Guest for the... more

A Day to Mark Childhood Children’s day in India is celebrated every year on 14th of November to commemorate the birth date of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. The occasion is celebrated every year with grand celebrations and fiesta. It is also an occasion to stand up and make concentrated efforts towards freeing India from child labour and child marriage; while making basic education available to each child. It is our great responsibility to save the young minds confined in hazardous occupations, providing them the opportunity to appreciate and cherish the gift of childhood. BREADS’ Don Bosco partners in Kerala and Karnataka commemorated the day with immense joy and enthusiasm, making children aware of their rights to education and participation. Children’s Day Celebrations at Don Bosco Projects District


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Cultural programmes and games; dramas, folk dances, fashion shows, child rights songs, quizzes, essay and painting competitions  Promotion of schemes and facilities for disabled and orphan children  Honouring of 30 Champions of Child Rights who have been instrumental in promoting child rights and child participation  Rallies, tableaus, public speeches, exhibitions, street plays, tying CHILDLINE se dosti bands, bicycle and bike rallies, door to door public awareness outreach, flash mobs, candle light processions, awareness on substance abuse, drugs, alcoholism 

Advocacy Campaign by the StateLevel Network of Child Rights Clubs Bangalore Rural Educational and Development Society (BREADS) organized an advocacy campaign by the state-level network of the Child Rights Clubs (CRCs) at the KSCPCR office, Krishi Bhavan, Nrupathunga Road, Bangalore on 27/11/2017. The participants were forty energetic leaders of Child Rights clubs from 10 districts of Karnataka namely, Mysore, Ramnagara, Bangalore, Chitradurga, Bellary, Davangere, Raichur, Yadagiri, Kalaburagi and Bidar. The event was inaugurated by Dr. Kripa Amar Alva, Chairperson, KSCPCR; and in her presidential address, she stated that children are the soldiers of child rights and the change components in schools, communities and the districts. Everyone needs to utilize their rights with responsibility, and in every school, alumni groups could be formed and meetings held regularly. Fr. Joy Nedumparambil SDB, Executive Director, BREADS delivered the keynote address. The other dignitaries on the stage were Mr. Y. Mariswamy, Mr. B. Roopa Naik, and Mr. Chandrashekar Alipur (members of KSCPCR), Dr S.B. Shripad, Joint Labour Commissioner, Ms. Vinutha, Assistant Labour Commissioner, Miss. Preethi, President, CRC state level network and Master Pradeep, Vice President, CRC state level network. On the occasion, BREADS released modules on human rights and child rights education, and a handbook on how to run Child Rights clubs. The CRC leaders submitted a memorandum requesting the concerned departments to introduce Human Rights Education and Child Rights Education in schools, to appoint a teacher to facilitate Child Rights Clubs in every school and to rescue and rehabilitate children given in marriage and engaged in child labour. The children brought out the existing issues in their schools and communities that hindered their rights; notably, caste discriminations, poor mid-day meals in schools, lack of transportation from the villages to the schools, child marriage, child labour, school dropouts, lack of basic facilities in the schools, unavailability of teachers to teach the main subjects etc. Dr. Kripa Alva along with the other members of KSCPCR, the Joint Labour Commissioner and Assistant Labour Commissioner addressed the concerns of the children. The children submitted written complaints to the Chairperson and she promised action to address the same.

Advocacy Campaign by the StateLevel Network of Child Rights Clubs

BREADS, Don Bosco, 75 North Road, Bangalore - 84, Phone: 080 – 25463476 Email:, Website: November 2017

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