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

Child Participation

CHILD PARTICIPATION

Vidiyal strongly believes that children are present and they are too citizen’s of this country.  As young citizens children have every right to participate in every decision affecting them right from the family to the governance of this country.  This belief led Vidiyal in the direction of sharing authority with the children who are the primary stakeholders in its operation. Vidiyal has moved a long way from ‘deciding for children’ to deciding with children in the development paradigm.  Adults tend to decide for children claiming that it is done in the ‘best interest of the child’.  In contrary to this Vidiyal believes that the concept of best interest sprouts just from ‘listening to the voices’ of children and we strongly believe that ‘informed choices’ and ‘informed decisions’ are part of such process while engaging with children.

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At Vidiyal ‘Child Participation’ is never a project but is always a cross cutting theme in our initiatives.  Children are capacitated to build a structure for them through a participatory process with adequate information, training and resources.   Adults engaged in the process were enabled to overcome their anxieties over power sharing with appropriate training programmes and were made to see the opportunities in ‘listening to children’.
Today the Vidiyal Child Rights Movement asserts its status as a child led organization and the children in leadership are able to interact at par with the adults while deciding any matters concerning children with the organization.  Though Vidiyal and its children are inseparable we consciously enable children to gain separate identity to their organisation so that they attempt newer initiatives and own it.  We do have joint initiatives which are designed and monitored jointly.  While engaging in this process we are conscious of not burdening children with adult responsibilities and make sure that children enjoy their childhood.

Asserting their right to participation, children have been actively involved in the process of decision making at various levels.  The families are enabled to understand the child’s innate capacity to participate in matters concerning him or her.  Children do surface their issues in the community through the community mentorship programme. They give the task and mandate to the community mentors.  Networkings with other children’s organizations have taken them to greater heights including participation in the United Nations Committee on Convention on the Rights of the Child.