As they say, ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ .
When elected representatives make time for children, listen to their suggestions on how to make the neighborhood child friendly, it speaks of development. For the first time in 30 years, we had a Corporator visit and interact with our children. The Children acknowledging their Right to Participation wanted to state their issues. So, when Dr. Anuradha Potdar (the Corporator for Ward 218) paid a visit to our F.R. Center, it became a very special Children’s Day!
The Prerana team members were silent spectators. It was our children who not just introduced Prerana and our work to the Corporator and her wonderful team, but also presented their issues articulately.
The issues that our children raised were: To ensure school premises are free of drug addicts, alcoholics, people urinating and defecating;
The need for a signal and speed breaker at the crossroads near their school and while going to Khetwadi School, there should be a zebra crossing; More Night Care Centers for girls; Ensure that Municipality regularly cleans the surroundings of the Municipal school; Ensure that no shops within 100 meters of the school sell tobacco; Create more Gardens for Children;
Install more CCTV cameras to ensure safety of children on streets, so that they are not abused, and kidnapped.
Additionally, they also took the decision of inviting Dr. Anuradha for Prerana’s Balak Utsav event as a Chief Guest, which she readily accepted. Our team was just happy to see that our children do not need us to speak their mind and make decisions for them. They are well equipped to do that if there is a willing ear available.
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