Raipur: Sanjana Tandon, Neha Rohini and Aryan Kumar, 12-year-old school children took over key positions across the state to mark World Children’s Day Week under #Kidstakeover - an initiative by UNICEF which provides a platform for children from various aspects of life to aspire for greater heights and to promote child rights.
Sanjana took over as Mission Director of Samagra Shiksha Mission, Neha and Aryan Kumar as Additional Superintendents of Police, and District Education Officer in Gaurella-Pendra-Marwahi-district.
While chairing a meeting with senior officials of Samgra Sikha Mission and children, Sanjana, a child with a disability stressed the need for reforms in schools particularly for many children like her. She also suggested a toll-free number and school committee to address the concerns of children with disabilities. Speaking on the occasion, Samagra Shiksha mission director Narendra Kumar Dugga assured Sanjana that efforts will be made to make schools inclusive and accessible.
UNICEF Chhattisgarh officer-in-charge Sweta Patnaik said the objective of World Children’s Day is to make an annual signature ‘for children, by children moment around the world, engage new audiences, raise awareness on children’s issues like violence against children and the learning crisis.
More than 50 children in Gaurella-Pendra-Marwahi district are taking over key official positions in the district and block administration as part of the weeklong celebrations titled ‘Bal Prasashak’. Namrata Gandhi, Collector said that occasions like #Kidstakeover help us to reflect and recommit to upholding child rights and inspire a generation of children to excel.
It also motivates officers to better and strive harder for the wellbeing of children she added. This year children will take over roles usually assigned to adults in the media, politics, business, sports, music, and entertainment to raise awareness on ending violence against children and continued learning. World Children's Day, November 20 is also the anniversary of the United Nations Convention of Child Rights (UNCRC).