Below we have listed various publications of Sakthi – Vidiyal. Many of them are designed to be used as useful tools for child rights educators or activists directly working with children to promote a culture of child rights.
Marum Vannangal, Maratha Puthirhal (Changing colours, unchanging puzzles)-Tamil
Marum Vannangal, Maratha Puthirhal (Changing colours, unchanging puzzles), a book that serves as a tool with counseling messages and has a therapeutic effect on the children affected by disasters. Besides, riddles, tracing and colouring activities on marine life and natural disasters such as flood, land slide, earthquake, tsunami the book provides space for children to express their pent-up feelings of fear, anger, guilt and grief through drawings and pictorial representations.
Vidiyalin Theepanthangal (Vidiyal’s Torches of Fire)-Tamil
Vidiyalin Theepanthangal is a collection of 14 street / stage plays written by Mr.C.Jim Jesudoss for the children’s theatre group at Vidiyal. These plays, which have been successfully performed in many places, calls the attention for the protection of child rights, and heavily comes on caste, gender and other forms of social exclusion.
Vidiyalin Mulakkam (The Roaring Sound of Vidiyal)-Tamil
Vidiyalin Mulakkam is a collection of 216 songs used at Vidiyal, which includes both original compositions and other popular awareness songs. We use songs both as a tool for awareness building and for fun. This book also contains a few English choruses.
Vidiyalin Kalakalappu (Vidiyal’s Joyous Play)-Tamil
Play is an important right for every child for his or her development. Play has been used as an important tool in the rehabilitation process at Vidiyal, which led to the publication of Vidiyalin Kalakalappu. We are proud to present a collection of 100 games including both created at Vidiyal as well as popular games that have been played at Vidiyal for the past several years. The illustrations were drawn by the children belonging to the Thoorihai koodam, a forum for Art Development in Vidiyal Child Rights Movement.
Pathungu Kulhal (Bunkers) - Tamil
Pathungu Kulihal (Bunkers) is a colourfully illustrated riddle book which surfaces the question of safety and protection of children in the earth. A group of well informed children explores place of safety in their context and find each of their environment family, school, community and the larger society is no longer a safe place for children. In this journey they meet the earth which cries for its protection and complains about global warming, nuclear weapons and war. Children take an oath to protect the mother earth and to assert their right to protection of nature.
Norungm Muhamoodihal (Smashing Masks)-Tamil
Vidiyal’s Norungum Muhamoodihal is a collection of 8 plays written by Mr.C.Jim Jesudoss for the Children’s Theatre group of Vidiyal Child Rights Movement. Mostly these plays were produced on two occasions, the child rights festival of Vidiyal Child Rights Movement and the anniversary celebration of Sakthi – Vidiyal. The plays are produced over a period of four years which have been staged in many arenas including street corners, voluntary organizations, schools and colleges. The plays are themed on Child Rights, Child Marriage, Child Sexual Abuse, School Education, Child Budgeting and Child Development. The themes were derived from various thematic discussions of Vidiyal Child Rights Movement.
These stories are original work of Mr.C.Jim Jesudoss which are themed on various concepts in the child rights framework. He offers a few questions at the end of each story to simulate discussion.
1.Singamum Kudivilanguhalum (The Lion and the Animal Citizens) – Tamil
To explain the concept of globalization and its impact on children.
2.Oatta Panthayam (Running Race) – Tamil
To explain the justification behind the caste based reservations in India as a constitutional responsibility to social justice.
3.Aruva Thinnalam (Let us eat Sickle) – Tamil
To explain how national budgets are eaten by military spending and how that impacts the basic needs of children.
4.Kurangum Thennampillaiyum (Monkey and the Coconut Plantlet) – Tamil
To explain what is ‘rights’ and the importance of ‘rights’ for the survival of every species. It further explores the importance of human rights and child rights.
5.Vaal Mulaitha Makkal ( People with Tails) – Tamil
This allegorical story narrates how caste has become a tail to human beings in the Indian sub continent and how it discriminates and excludes citizens of the same land. The combination of ridicule and humour make it interesting to read. The need for developing a better identify than a caste identity is stressed up on.
6.Kattil Oru Pallikoodam (School in the Jungle) – Tamil
To explain how today’s education system and corporal punishments pushes many children out from school. The Jungle Kingdom plans to start a school and decides not to have a school like what the humans have today. This story also calls for the attention to involve children in designing a child centered education system and curriculum.
7.Tholainthu Pona “ ” Paruvam (The lost childhood) – Tamil
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) recognised every person below the age of 18 as child. But in India several legislatures define different age for a child which brings confusion in the identity of a child born in India. This story is written in the form a dialogue between a group of children who try to question this irony. Finally they decide to campaign to bring uniform age in every law in conformity with the UNRC.
8.Theenda Thahaatha Vilayattu ( The Untouchable Game) - Tamil
In India this particular game is glorified, magnified, and pampered. It hampered the development of a whole range of indigenous games and affected the native soil to a greater extent. This story attempts to find the historical traces with an imaginary back drop of 19th century. It also calls the Indian society to protect the fast disappearing native games with due attention.
9.Vanmurai Koodam ( School of Violence) – Tamil
This allegorical story depicts how the present school perpetuates violence and how it justifies the structured violence in school. It also calls our attention to make the school a safe place for children.
10.Vinotha Valakku (Funny case in the court) – Tamil
India is a country of superstitious beliefs. It accommodates a range of beliefs that had been imbedded in the Indian psyche for many years. Superstitious beliefs affect every person and erode the growth of our society. Children are the most affected ones and their rights are violated for the sake of such beliefs. This allegorical story depicts the causes and effects of superstitious beliefs in a humorous way.
11.Koondu Paravai (The bird in the cage) – Tamil
To explain the importance of children’s right to participation.
With the exception of Koondu Paravai, the other stories were written by Mr.C.Jim Jesudoss. The Koondu Paravai was originally written by Ms.Nandana, the executive director of Concernd for Working Children, Bangalore and translated into Tamil by Mr.C.Jim Jesudoss.
Vidiyal, The Story of Childhood Regained – English
Vidiyal’s history for a decade is documented with colourful photographs and illustrations. Child reminiscences give an interesting account of Vidiyal’s impressions on children in the perspective of children.
Sakthi – Vidiyal’s Child Policy – English
The policy framework of Sakthi – Vidiyal is put forth in black and white which governs the functioning of the organization and its engagement with children. The policy framework is founded on the principles of child rights which keep the children in the centre of its operations. This policy was developed with the effective partnership of children, volunteers, alumni members, board members, parents of our children, community mentors and staff. Every person connected to the organization is expected to follow the Child Policy to every word.