Winners of ‘Read Bapu Dham Campaign’ got new bicycles
Yuvsatta entered into partnership with SociopreneurID Indonesia
A Bapudham Girl Ruchi going to US, was presented ‘Pride of Girls Parliament Award’
Dawn Punjab Bureau / Chandigarh : Today, at a colourful finale of ‘Read Bapudham Campaign’ organized jointly with all Covid protocols, by CCPCR-Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Carmel Convent School & Yuvsatta-NGO, winner girls were felicitated by Mrs. Harjinder Kaur, Chairperson, CCPCR, Sr. Mary Supreeta, Principal, Carmel Convent School, Sh. SK Setia, former DPI (Schools), S. Chanchal Singh, Adviser, CCPCR, Mr. Pramod Sharma, founder of Yuvsatta and Mr. Mayank Mishra.
In her welcome address Sr. Mary Supreeta, Principal of Carmel Convent School shared that “Kids who learn to read when they’re young are less likely to end up in prison, drop out of school, or take drugs”.
Appreciating the effort Bibi Harjinder Kaur, Chairperson of CCPCR said that reading is becoming a lost art. People, especially students, remain glued to TV, mobile and video games more than the books. It is therefore necessary to create awareness on the importance of reading for leisure and not necessarily to pass exams, so we at CCPCR are committed to develop reading as a skill that should be inculcated from a younger age and nurtured into a habit and culture.
Bibi Harjinder Kaur also honoured three best readers of Bapudham Colony with three new bicycles along with beautiful School bags with stationary items, hand sanitizers, masks & other gifts. One new bicycle was sponsored by teachers of Carmel Convent School, two by young volunteers at Kitabghar Deeksha Khaitan & Saba Sharma. Mrs. Usha Saboo, philanthropist and social activist also donated good reading books worth Rupees Ten Thousand for Kitabghar library.
The founder President of Girls Parliament at Kitabghar in 2014, Ms. Ruchi, who recently got a job in the United States, received a unique ‘Pride of Girls Parliament Award 2021’ on the occasion.
Mr. Pramod Sharma added that to popularize the culture of reading, during this unique reading campaign’, they have organized programmes like book talks, story-telling sessions, screening of educational videos and what young members like and wait for are monthly B’day parties, usually on last Friday of the month, for members whose B’day fall in that particular month. Now, their Kitab Ghar library has more than 350 members from this slum settlement.
On the occasion, Bibi Harjinder Kaur, Chairperson of CCPCR Sr. Mary Supreeta, Principal, Carmel Convent School and Mr. Pramod Sharma, founder of Yuvsatta, also signed an MOU to launch their second ‘GIRLS INDIA Project’, promoting rights & dignity of girls and women at all levels. In this, NSS volunteers of Carmel Convent School will team-up with Bapudham Girls and they all will be part of ‘Girls Parliament’ team working together for realizing the goals of girls empowerment-SDG5.
And remembering Smt. Kirron Kher, the member parliament of Chandigarh, who is not keeping well these days, the 100 ‘Girls Parliament’ members of Carmel Convent School and Kitabghar also presented beautiful ‘Get Well Soon’ greeting cards for Smt. Kher to her representative Mr. Mayank Mishra.
Yuvsatta-NGO with their international partners SociopreneurID, Indonesia also started a unique Empathy Project 2021, with 500 students of Carmel Convent School, Kitabghar, St. Joseph’s Sr. Sec. School, Govt. Model Sr. Sec. School, Dhanas, Chandigarh. The programme envisions a future society where people with any background can contribute to a better world through empathy and collaboration. The outcome of the program is that like-minded people can share the same thought and take action collectively. That is the raison d’etre of the Empathy Project.