VIDIYAL NEWS
01.01.2019 – New Year Celebration organized by Muhangal (Faces) Volunteers Forum
02.01.2019 -General Body Meeting – Six month Review of Vidiyal Child Rights Movement
05.01.2019 – Vidiyal Nursery School : Parents – Teacher Meet
06.01.2019 – 23rd Pongal Sports Meet
08.01.2019 – Vidiyal Nursery : Day of Birds
12.01.2019 – Mothers Meet
13.01.2019 – Ripple Circle – Social Action forum Image – Movie Club
13.01.2019 – Fathers Meet
14.01. Thoorihai – Drawing & Painting Forum
14.01.2019 – Reception Home: Pongal celebration & Pongal Sports day
15.01.2019 – Pongal Celebration at Vidiyal Main Centre
16.01.2019 – Tamil Forum
18.01.2019 – Vidiyal Nursery: Field Trip to Thirumalai Naikar Mahal
20.01.2019 – Service Programme : Children serving at various homes for the elderly and Home for the mentally Challenged
Reception Home: Republic Day Celebration Reception Home: Republic Day Celebration
26.01.2019 – 25th Anniversary of Sakthi – Vidiyal Community
29.01.2019 – Feast for Elderly
31.01.2019 – Sewing Machine Distribution

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.