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Children's Day 2007 - Calendar of Events

India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 14. He was very fond of children and enjoyed meeting and interacting with them and being photographed with them. Children called him Chacha (Uncle) Nehru.

After he became prime minister of India, his birthday is observed as Children's Day in India.

Since December 14, 1954, United Nations observes 20 November – the date of the adoption by UN General Assembly of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - as the Universal Children's Day or International Child Rights Day.

In India, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued a directive to all schools in the country to mark Children’s Day by informing children about the UN Convention on Child Rights, and hold debates and essay writing and drawing competitions on the subject. (See attached Circular).

In India, the National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has issued a directive to all schools in the country to mark Children’s Day by informing children about the UN Convention on Child Rights, and hold debates and essay writing and drawing competitions on the subject.

The following week, the Commission will also hold a one-day National Conference on Child Rights on 20th November where children from all walks of life will speak and make their presentations to a panel of eminent personalities. (See Agenda of the Conference).

Presenting below, some children’s events around the country:

November 13-14, 2007

Orissa State Level Children's Congress, Bhubaneshwar
Unit 9 Boys’ High School, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Jointly organised by the State Education Department, SCERT and UNICEF, the two day children’s festival will have thematic debates, drawing and pictorial presentations and cultural programmes by children.

The purpose of the Congress is to ensure child participation in policy framework and system strengthening where children will develop a white paper and interface with policy makers to prioritize action points for the State on children’s issues.

November 14, 2007

Children's Assembly at Bal Bhawan
14-20 November, 2007, New Delhi

The  Minister  for  Human  Resource  Development,  Mr.  Arjun  Singh, will  inaugurate  a  Children’s  Assembly  and  Integration Camp in New Delhi on Children’s  Day.  He  will release the Bal Bhavan publications - “Voice of  Youth  on Sustainable Development”- a book in Hindi and English reflecting children’s  thoughts  on Sustainable Development. A poster on the theme of the   assembly  (Education  for  Sustainable  Development)  will  also  be released.  Thereafter  a  colorful cultural programme will be presented by  the  participating  children  comprising  of  a  vocal  music,  a  ballet, classical  dances  on  the  theme  of  the  assembly  and presentations by  International teams.

India Alliance for Child Rights - Citizens’ Collective CRC Country Review process
Children’s Day CRC Stocktaking Meeting, Gandhi Smriti, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A meeting with NGOs and children to review progress towards implementing CRC.

15th International Children's Film Festival - Hyderabad.

The six-day event begins with the Children's Day and promises fun and entertainment for children by offering a bouquet of 119 films. Thailand's first computer graphics animated film 'Khan Kluay', about the relationship between elephants and human beings, will kick-start the festival. The festival is organised every year by the Children’s Film Society of India.
 
The main venue of the festival will be the IMAX theatre and in addition films will also be screened at five other theatres - Sudha, Ravindra, Aaradhana, Sairanga and Hari Kala Bhavan.

NalandaWay Music Album Launch, Chennai
Chinmaya Heritage Centre, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

NalandaWay and UNICEF will launch a music album called “Shout it out”. A music album with a difference, “Shout it out” is about what children want to make adults aware of.  Children’s have been completely involved in research, conceptualisation and rendering of the songs.

An evening of film, music, dance and celebration – choreographed by the John Britto Dance Company.

November 16, 2007

Children for Change, New Delhi
The Shri Ram School, Vasant Vihar 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The YP Foundation with support from UNICEF is having a festival for children called Children for Change with a live music concert by the Music Society of Kirori Mal College; an inter-school debate competition on child labour and an art exhibition on child labour.

November 19 - 20, 2007 

1st National Child Reporters Workshop
Gandhi Smriti, New Delhi, 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The first national meeting, supported by UNICEF, Gandhi Smriti and Plan International, will bring together approximately 90 children and 25-30 mentors and facilitators for a two-day workshop to share experiences and ideas and to facilitate networking amongst the different networks of children.

Children’s films will be screened on the first day evening starting around 7:00 p.m.

November 20, 2007

18th anniversary of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Parliamentary Forum on Child Marriage
Parliament House Annexe, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Jointly organised by UNICEF and UNDP, the meeting will have real life experiences shared by two under-aged girls who refused to get married as well as a presentation by a District Magistrate.

November 20 - 22, 2007 

National Convention of Children, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa

Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) will hold a massive children’s rally against child labour in a campaign called “Hum Bachche Saath Saath.. Bal Mazdoor ke Khilaaf”  Children Together.. Against Child Labour. 

UNICEF is supporting the participation of children from Maharashtra in the 2-day programme.

 

 

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