VIDIYAL NEWS
03.07.2019 To 05 .07.2019 General Body Meeting – Six months review
04.07.2019 To 30.07.2019 – Children’s Theater Group: Play Production for the Child Rights Festival
06.07.2019 – Service Programme: Cultural programme at Home for mentally Challenged and donating the fund raised on the Giving Day of Jolly camp
06.07.2019 – Vidiyal Nursery : Parents – Teacher Meet
07.07.2019 – Image – Movie Club
08.07.2019 – Vidiyal Nursery: Red day
13.07.2019 – Managing Committee Meet
13.07.2019 – “Say No to DRUGS” sensitization series 13.07.2019 – Health Care: Periodical Checkup for children atour Child Resource Centres
13.07.2019 – Mothers Meet
14.07.2019 – Fathers Meet
14.07.2019 – Announcement of VCRM Election – 2019
16.07.2019 – Reception Home: Training for children on Basics of Street Theater
20.07.2019 -Project Staff meeting
21.07.2019 – Child Rights Festival
28.07.2019 – Election 2019 – Electing new leaders and formation of new Children’s Council
22.07.2019 – Vidiyal Nursery: Experience the Joy of Giving

VCRM History

VCRM History

VCRM History

Vidiyal, a Programme for Street and Working Children, was founded in the year 1996 by Sakthi, a voluntary organization in Madurai. In 1997, a group of working children formed their forum, Vidiyal Vaanavil, asserting their identity as a working children’s organization involved in the decision-making process at Vidiyal.

In 1999, the National Movement of Working Children – India (NMWC) was founded, and Vidiyal Vaanavil became a founding member. They actively involved in advocacy for child participation and enabled other children to come together. Later other children attending Vidiyal centres also formed forums through the support offered in terms of training in child participation and leadership.

In 2000, the various groups of children collectively formed the Vidiyal Children’s Council, elected representatives annually. In 2003 one member of the council travelled to Geneva, as a representative of the NMWC, to present an alternate report to the committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 2004, the executive body of the Children’s Council voted to rename the collective as Vidiyal Child Rights Movement. Members can be identified by their blue headbands, bearing the movement’s logo. The movement also has its own flag, designed by the children. They have developed seven identities for their movement.

A circular model of the structure has been evolved over the past. The Vidiyal Child Rights Movement has a democratic structure in which children elect their leaders through a secret ballot and participate in decision making of the movement. A reservation policy is in place and boys and girls share leadership on rotation. Two representatives from Vidiyal Child Rights Movement get a mandatory invitation for the meetings of the board of Sakthi.
In 2006 Vidiyal Child Rights Movement have become the founding member of Federation of Children Movements for Right to Participation ( FCMRP). Representatives from Vidiyal Child Rights Movement have been actively participating in the state executive committee and a few children including Rajive Gandhi -Treasurer, Preethi – vice president, Arunraj – Treasurer, Sivaranjani – Secretary were elected to key leadership positions of the federation.

The Vidiyal Child Rights Movement holds consultative status within Sakthi-Vidiyal, and influences its policy and decision-making process. The children use the movement as a vehicle to campaign for recognition and rights for themselves and for other marginalized groups.

Documentation of Child Participation Model
The book titled as “Participation in Practice” was published by ASMAE in 2011 which included the Vidiyal Child Rights Movement as one of the child participation models that could be replicated by other children’s groups. This would become a reference document for organizations engaging in promoting children’s participation. The same would be translated into Tamil for wider use with in the state of Tamilnadu.