Under-priviledged children celebrate Diwali at Shishu Shiksha Ghar
Shillong: As you are aware Shishu Shiksha Ghar’- is a non-formal school initiated since February 2010 and has been functioning in full swing since February 2011 with the valuable support of DMC, SSA, East Khasi Hills District, Shillong.
The school comprises of children of all categories such as rag pickers, domestic helpers, child labours, street children, slum, children, etc who attend the said school as per their flexibility.
Shishu Shiksha Ghar was initiated with an objective to bring about a positive change through education in the life of these children who live in a distressful situation and being vulnerable fall victim to various abuses and crime. Moreover, as per the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child (UNCRC) which was also signed by India in 1992, all children are entitled to all the four basic rights of a child such as right to survival, development, protection and participation. Thus, our effort is to ensure to ensure the right of every child as per the UNCRC.
On the occasion of Deepawali, Shishu Shiksha Ghar too took the initiative organize a programme with the prime objective to make these under-priviledged children enjoy the day and experience their real childhood as they hardly get an opportunity to live through their precious childhood because they have to work to support their families.
As Deepawali signifies the festival of lights so through this little initiative, we intended to bring light to the life of these children and provide them a platform where they can enjoy to the fullest and forget all the burdens in their little shoulders.
The SSG team came together & had the real blast with the children who thronged to the celebration like never before & hence changed this event into a real festival.
During the celebration, lamps were lit by the children with a strong believe that its light will bring brightness in the life of every child. Children recited a prayer asking for God’s blessing and support.
Thereafter, the children were told about the essence of Diwali and the purpose of celebrating the same altogether without any kind of discrimination or individual differences.
Other attractions of the programme were some games, dance performance and other recreational activities. The children also burst crackers under the care of teachers. Thereafter, food was provided to all the children. Altogether more than 200 children participated in the programme both at Anjali and Rangman Centre of SSG. In this initiative of Shishu Shiksha Ghar, many came forward to support the cause such as Regal Restaurant,Mohini’s Store, Mr. Ramesh Bawri to whom Shishu Shiksha Ghar is earnestly grateful.
The programme was indeed a successful one because it brought real smile in the faces of these children which is a great achievement for us.
We are attaching a few of the photographs taken during the Diwali celebration which you may refer to and request you for a press release of the same for awareness about the school so that we may reach out to more of such children and enroll them in the said school thereby ensuring their right to education along with other basic rights.