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(English) First Swayangsiddha Sammelan of 2019 held at Diamond Harbour on 19 Feb

(English) swayangsiddha 19/02/2019

(English) On 19th February '19, the first Swayangsiddha Sammelan of 2019 was held at Rabindra Bhavan, Diamond Harbour with over 206 schools and colleges of the Diamond Harbour and Kakdwip sub-division participating. Over 470 students, teachers and multiple stakeholders including DCPO, representative from AHTU (Bhawani Bhavan), Employment Officer from Employment Bank, Police, BWOs, Childline, NGOs like Sanjog, CINI (Diamond Harbour), KJKS, members of School Management & Development Committee (SMDC) and youth groups actively participated in the Sammelan. An exhibition showcasing activities and experiences of Swayangsiddha groups was put up. Students and teachers participated in the open quiz, took photos at the photo corner and interacted with other Swayangsiddha groups. They performed dance dramas and skits and gave powerful speeches at the extempore competition. The winner spoke about the concept of there being more than two genders and that equality is not gender-specific but a right of all humans. Teachers added that they will plan more interesting activities for future Sammelans. College volunteers expressed their interest in conducting various awareness building and mobilization activities. The Employment officer encouraged students to have the courage to pursue careers and gave information on opportunities post class 10. Students wrote their pledges and thoughts on the 'Why I am a Swayangsiddha' board. They wrote that they feel empowered because they have information, have built togetherness and take collective action to prevent human trafficking and child marriage. The Sammelan ended on a positive note with all pledging #LetsUniteToFight.

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