Jammu, December 07 | A three days Leadership and life skills workshop organized by NDF J&K, Jammu in collaboration ICPS Directorate with the support of European Union concluded here. Representatives of 30 Children Groups of Jammu, Samba & Poonch participated in the workshop.
BDC Chairperson / Sarpanches/Chairpersons of the Child Protection Committees of the target villages also attended the valedictory session of the workshop. Vikramjeet Sinha and Shwetank Mishra and Neha Gandotra were the main Resources persons in the workshop.
Jugal Kishore MP Jammu-Poonch Constituency was Chief Guest in the valedictory function whereas Chander Mohan Gupta Mayor JMC presided over the function. Sham Lal Sharma, Former Minister, Vibodh Gupta Former MLC and Suran Singh SP Rural Jammu participated as the guest of honour. Shalini Sharma Chairperson CWC Jammu was also present on the occasion. Rajiv Khajuria Founder Emeritus National Development Foundation gave a brief introduction of the workshop and informed that children were introduced to leadership and decision making. Different sessions on introduction to status and power leading to personal power, the dynamics of power gain, changing the nature of power gains, what is self? and how is the self through skill training can be prepared through life skills?
Communication, working together, planning, budgeting are the other life skills on which children were trained. Khajuria informed that these children also work as brand ambassadors in their respective villages and identify the child protection issues and address them in different ways with the help of CPC’s and Panchayats.
Jugal Kishore Sharma Member Parliament Jammu- Poonch Constituency in his presidential address assured the children that he will look into the charter of demands presented by the children and will issue instructions to the concerned departments for redressal of the issues raised by the children. He complimented the efforts of NDF and offered his full support in ensuring the rights of the children, He informed that the central government headed by our Visionary Prime Minister Narendra Bhai Modi has launched various schemes and programmes for the welfare of women and the children and it is the duty of all responsible citizens to ensure that all those benefits reach our children. He said that all those who are exploiting the children will be dealt with strongly under the rule of law.
Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor JMC in his address invited NDF to interact with Social Justice committee of the JMC and desired to form children group and child protection committees in all the wards of JMC. He asked the ICPS department and NDF to facilitate the process. While complimenting the efforts of NDF he offered the full support of JMC and UT administration to NDF for such positive activities.
Sham Lal Sharma Former Minister in his address gave leaderships tips to the children and asked them to struggle in their lives with full confidence and nobody can stop them in achieving success. While referring to the child labour & child marriage, he asked the children and communities to inform the police on 100, childline on 1098 and CWC to ensure that no such social evil is allowed to penetrate in our society.
Vibodh Gupta Former MLC in his address appealed the children and communities to understand the central government schemes and ensure that they are implemented in their respective villages. He congratulated children on attending such a fruitful training and asked them to share it with their peers in the village.
Suran Singh SP, Rural Jammu gave a detailed lecture on drug abuse and the role of children, civil society and Panchayats to curb it. He reiterated the resolve of J&K Police for having a drug free J&K where children and youth are engaged in sports and development activities and everyone says “No to drugs and yes to a healthy life”.
The children raised many questions to the dignitaries to which they replied to the satisfaction of the children. Children demanded the presence of NDF in their villages for many more years and requested the organizers to organize more such training. Children representatives from village informed the house on how their children groups work in the respective villages. They also identified the child protection issues and presented them those to Hon’ble MP & Other dignitaries in the shape of the charter of demands.