Moment of Pride

We congratulate Vipul (our Tarunsena youth collective Member) for getting an offer to become an associate fellow for Royal Commonwealth Society. Though he did not get the award, he reached the last round of selection at international level from more than 1000 youth across the globe. It is indeed a great honour! We proudly wish Vipul many more successes in future.
Vipul is currently doing his MSc in IT and also handling the Area Resource Center run by Shishav at Kumbharwada.

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12th Annual Function of Balsena

The energy and enthusiasm of about 800 children had charged up the whole Shaishav team. It was an occasion to celebrate 12th Annual Function of Balsena which started with the rally followed by the Balsena flag hoisting, Balsena song, report by Balsena President, Shivani. Our guest of honour was Rev. Swamiji Dharmpalanandji of Ramkrishna Mission, Rajkot.
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Children learnt about 15 to 20 types of plane models, watched film and exhibition on different types of planes, history of plane, environment, screen painting etc.
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After the lunch, children went back home and gifted us the energy for the whole year.
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Celebration of “Bal Adhikar Jagruti Yatra”

It is indeed a milestone that United Nation’s Convention on Rights of the Children (UNCRC) has completed its 25 years. To celebrate this historic moment Child Right Collective – Gujarat (CRC-G) in association with UNICEF – Gujarat successfully conducted “Bal Adhikar Jagruti Yatra” from 14th November 2014 (National Children’s Day) to 20th November 2014 (International Child Rights Day) covering more than 20 districts of Gujarat.

Training of team members participating in Bal Adhikar Yatra

Training of team members participating in Bal Adhikar Yatra

Bal Adhikar Yatra was an opportunity to analyze the actual situation of children all over in Gujarat and study their issues. This study on the issues of children may help to give proper direction by preparing an action plan in future.

Rally

Rally

Discussion with Children

Discussion with Children

Yatra Started from three different routes which had covered Districts from South Gujarat, Saurashtra and North Gujarat along with Kutch. The closing ceremony and seminar was conducted in Mahatma Gandhi Labour institute on 20th November, 2014. Well known academicians of Gujarat gave their expert speech on different subjects related to the children.

Bal Adhikar Yatra Closing ceremony and seminar

Bal Adhikar Yatra Closing ceremony and seminar

Bal Adhikar Yatra Closing ceremony and seminar

Bal Adhikar Yatra Closing ceremony and seminar

Overall it was an occasion to meet children and listen their voices as their voices are the reflection of their situations. Shaishav being a Convener of CRC-G feels privileged to be an initiator of this Yatra and celebrating this silver jubilee year.

We are thankful to all the local organizations who supported the Bal Adhikar Yatra in their respective districts. The Yatra would not have received such great success without their efforts.

All children in school, child labor free Bhavnagar!

May and June is the most exciting time for children in India – summer vacation! I am sure you all remember this joyful time, when after months of studying you could finally forget about your books and homework… it’s the time to play with your friends and to enjoy life… every child deserves times like these! However, for children living in slums such as the ones where Shaishav operates, the realities of summer vacation differ. Summer vacation becomes time when these children take on financial responsibilities, engaging in child labor to support their family. Frequently, after the family and child see the short-term financial benefits of this added income, children do not return to school. Child labor deprives children from their basic rights to education and play (as found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child), and limits prospects of social and economic mobility.

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children learning to play lazem

Since 1995, aiming to reduce the number of children engaging in labor over summer vacation, Shaishav organizes “vacation camp” for children to engage them in fun development and life skills activities. These camps target “at risk” children, and are complimented by enrolment drives to enroll children back into school. This year, from May 11th to June 9th, about 300 children participate in vacation camp. Children engaged in various educational and leisure activities: outdoors sports, yoga, cooking classes, playing music, etc. They went to park and beach, participated in various life skills activities and listened to lectures on children rights. On the last day of the camp, children organized a closing ceremony, full of music, dance and laughter!

Children performing at closing ceremony

Children performing at closing ceremony

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Children always enjoy vacation camp and happily participate every year. Last year we successfully enrolled 584 children to school and prevented them from entering child labor; we have motivated 25 child laborers to continue education and 21 child labor do vocational training. This year Shaishav’s team hopes to beat these numbers, ensuring more children have access to quality education.DSC_0176

Human Rights Training for Tarunsena camp

For more than 10 years. Shaishav has facilitated child right trainings for Shaishav’s children’s collective members, known as Balsena. These children leave well equipped with knowledge about their rights, mechanism to safeguard their freedoms and dignities and methods to protect themselves and their peers. From 2008 Shaishav has expanded our reach and started actively working with a youth, through our youth collective – Tarunsena. While young people periodically refresh their understanding of human rights in various trainings organized by Shaishav, the human rights camp organized on 20-23 May was the first in-depth human rights training for Tarunsena youth.

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22 members participated in a 4 -day training, which aimed to increase knowledge about human rights, the Indian constitution and democracy. Shaishav believes this knowledge to be vital for a youth to develop into active citizens, who can contribute to societal change. Trainings were delivered in friendly and interactive spaces, giving youth ‘plenty of room’ to participate, building their leadership and communication skills.

A number of professionals, including Shaishav’s board members, educators, political leaders and professional trainers came together to share their knowledge with a young people. To name some of them: Parul Sheth, Falgun Sheth, Arvind Trivedi, Bipin Shah, Dhiru Dhandhukiya, Arun Mehta, Dhiren Vaishnav and Daksha Pattni. Their presentations included topics such as: human rights, leadership building, time – management and motivational speaking. Shaishav is very grateful to have a network of such a committed individuals!

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Youth participated in various activities, which aimed to apply theoretical knowledge to personal experiences. For example, they had to visualize themselves in 2025 and analyze their future using SLOT analyses (strength, limitations, opportunities and threat/challenges). These activities were exciting and scary! Please feel free to try this at home…
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After four days of training, youth felt more confident about their futures and were able to set up realistic goals. ‘I did not wanted to come to this camp, but now I am happy I came; my understanding had developed and my goals became clearer’ said one of the participants. Shaishav aims to make a human rights camp an annual function!