PUNE: As the week from Children’s Day (November 14) to Child Rights Day (November 20) is followed as Child Rights Week, the Action for the Rights of Child (ARC), Pune had organised a two-day event on this occasion focusing upon developing a better school life and smart city for children.
Their first event accounted of a theatre act on child sexual abuse called ‘Bol Bindaas’ to encourage children to voice out their ordeal, was organised at Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Hall, Ghole Road where the event was inaugurated on Thursday.
ARC will submit a ‘Child Protection Policy at schools’ to Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on November 20, the last day of the event. Under this policy, they have specified few amendments to be implemented in schools like no sexual abuse in any form including corporal punishment. Schools should have a drop box in which students can drop complaints and they also should have high walls and fencing for security and safety of students.
Furthermore, the second half of the day will be followed by a rally carried out by the students from PMC to Ghole Road. Another part of the event accounts of ‘How is a smart city for children?’
“A smart city is where there are full time anganwadis, playgrounds for children while we lack playground facility in our city, abolition of child labour, availing facilities for street children as well etc. Our vision is to promote a smart city which is children specific. In this session, we have called experts from different smart cities where they have build a city friendly to children,” said Manish Shroff, convenor of ARC.