Telagi, a Village Known for Seed Crossing, Celebrates Children’s Day in a Heart Touching Manner.DavengereSeed crossing is one of the most vulnerable jobs in which small children are being used for manual labour. So Don Bosco Child Labour Mission, taking Children’s Day as the most favourable time to act, decided to hold the celebrations in a village called Telagi, almost 28 kms away from Davangere. Don Bosco Child labour Mission, Davangere, Block Education Office, Public Instruction Department and the Child Rights Club, Telegi together organized the function in Govt. High School premises which also holds Kasturba Gandhi Residential School for girls, Govt. Model higher Primary School for boys and Govt. Higher Primary School for girls.  Mr. T.V. Prakash, the Tahasildar and Taluk magistrate,  while inaugurating the function said that the ‘Taluk Jagratha Samidhi’ will do its best to send all the children of the village to mainstream school. He also promised to make the parents and elected representatives aware of the rights of children and the need to educate them. We need to work towards making our children good citizens of our land. He exhorted all.

Speaking on the occasion, Sri B. Manjunath, the DBCLM Project Head reminded the gathering that even after 63 years of our independence and 58 years after our Constitutions, article # 45 of our Constitutions that speaks clearly about Free and Compulsory Education for children is not being implemented in favour of the children. Added to this the govt. is getting ready to privatize education too and a bill is almost ready in the parliament. This would assume that only the rich can get good education; He feared the fate of the poorer children in the villages. This would be yet another disaster for our children. He also quoted the fact that in the year 2008-09 our Government had spent over1 lakh and 41 thousand crores for the military, but only 8 thousand crores were allotted for primary education in the budget. They are neglecting primary education and all the governments marked education as their last choice. On the other hand, flyovers, metro trains, under pass etc. are all the primary aims of governments. at the coast of even getting loans from the foreign agencies. This clearly amounts to violation of human right.

Smthi. Kottaramma Adhikar, Member of Telagi Zilla panchatyat who spoke thus on the occasion: “Balya” is the birthright of all the children and in this word all the rights are included in this one right and no one should pluck it from them. All those who work in the public sector should make it a point to do something in favour of the children and to make their life voyage a bit smoother. Mr. B. H. Hanumanthappa, the Headmaster of the Govt. High School, commended that the Government and the school authorities are making all efforts to make education free and compulsory, e.g. providing cycles for the 8th standard children, giving free books, clothes, midday meals etc. And still children are dropping out. Who should be held responsible for this? Of course the parents. The Headmasters of the various high schools namely, Sri .S .Nagappa, Dodaa Basappa, Mrs. Sarojini, (Child welfare Committee Chair Person), Fr. Kuriakose and the teachers and staff of DBCLM participated wholeheartedly in the function. Sri. Mallappa Y Soratty welcomed the guests and especially the children who gathered in great numbers; Mrs. Nalina was the master of ceremony and Y Ram Naik gave the vote of thanks. And a number of heart throbbing cultural programmes were put up by the children of DBCLM and the local schools.

Fr Sony M. SDB

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