Aren’t two hands better than one? Isn’t working together better than working alone?
This idea is what International Women’s Day will celebrate this year. Working together and striving for gender balance across the world because there is power in #BalanceforBetter. We can stand up for each other’s rights, fight for balanced representation in all fields and renew our pledge to ensure gender equality!
Take pledges, conduct an activity and click a picture with your “hands out” balance pose for a strong call-to-action for others to also help create a #BalanceforBetter.
Over the past two years, 400 Swayangsiddha groups have been formed in South 24 Parganas. They are conducting rallies, day celebrations, poster making, etc. and raising awareness on ramifications of human trafficking, pitfalls of child marriage and other issues of child protection amongst peers, parents and the community at large. The initiative has gained momentum across West Bengal and many cases have been prevented. To further encourage and give impetus to youth-led action and to make the Swayangsiddha groups stronger in their fight against child marriage and human trafficking, one-day youth meets “Swayangsiddha Sammelan” will be celebrated on the following dates –
1) 19 Feb 2019 – Diamond Harbour & Kakdwip sub-division at Rabindra Bhawan, DDH
2) 22 Feb 2019 – Canning sub-division at Kultali Milan Tirtha Society, Basanti
3) 27 Feb 2019 – Baruipur sub-division at Jai Hind Auditorium, Sonarpur
These youth meets aim to create a platform for the Swayangsiddha groups to share their experience as change makers. It also aims to provide knowledge on different areas and issues to empower them to take their activities to the next level. The meets will encourage adolescents to express their thoughts, opinion and ideas through positive talk, art & cultural performances. Various interactive sessions will be conducted for generating awareness on education, health, gender, legal literacy, heritage & culture and online safety.
January 12 is the date of Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary, also called as Swami Vivekananda Jayanti. This day is celebrated as National Youth Day. The philosophy and the ideas of Swami Ji were different from others and is a great inspiration for Youth.
Like every year, the CRC (Child Rights Convention) Week will be celebrated from November 14 to 21. All students and teachers are encouraged to share their ideas and experiences via stories, poems, dramas, paintings and essay writing on the topics – Child Rights & Child Protection. Please submit your entries to the email address mentioned below. For any queries, please send us an email.
Deadline of Submission: 21st Nov 2018
Email ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Word limit for writing: 200 words
Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5th of September in the memory of Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, the second President of India and a respected scholar and teacher of philosophy. This day honors teachers and their contribution to the life of students. On this teachers’ day, we encourage Swayangsiddha Groups to pay respect to the teachers who have been your mentors and guides. Share stories, write a poem, plan an event to celebrate the day – Celebrate your teachers!
All students from schools with Swayangsiddha Groups are invited to take part in the poster making competition. The theme is: Stopping Human Trafficking. Students of all ages and from any class can participate. Take a picture or scan of your poster and email it to email@example.com. The last date for entries is 30 July, 2018.
All participants will receive certificates. Winners of first, second and third prize will be awarded at the district-level Swayangsiddha Sammelan. The posters will be showcased at the event and on the Swayangsiddha facebook page and website.
Hurry and send your posters to win prizes!
Last year, Swayangsiddha Initiative reached out to 21369 students and 1000 teachers across Joynagar-I, Joynagar-II, Magrahat-I, Falta, Kakdwip and Patharpratima blocks of South 24 Parganas district of West Bengal. 201 Swayangsiddha Groups were formed. Now, the initiative will extend to the blocks of Baruipur, Magrahat-II, Canning-II, Kulpi, Basanti and Gosaba. Outreach programmes will be conducted in 190 schools and colleges across the 6 new blocks, starting from 02 July, 2018. The Groups will be encouraged to raise their voice against human trafficking and child marriage through various activities. They will also identify dropout students and at-risk children/family with the help of BLCPC/VLCPC members in their locality. Orientation programmes with teachers and capacity building workshops with NGOs have already been completed in the respective blocks.
Outreach programmes will be conducted from 02 July till 15 September, 2018 starting from Baruipur to Magrahat-II, Kulpi, Basanti, Gosaba and Canning-II blocks respectively.
To encourage youth-led actions and to make the swayangsiddha groups stronger to fight against Child Marriage and Human Trafficking, one-day youth meet “Swayangsiddha Sammelan” will be celebrated on February 9, 2018, at Rabindra Bhawan, Diamond Harbour from 10 am – 5 pm. The youth meet aims to create a platform for the school level Swayangsiddha Groups to share their experience as change makers. It also aims to provide knowledge on different areas and issues to empower them to carry forward their actions to next level. The meet will encourage the adolescents to express their thoughts, opinion and ideas through positive talk, art and cultural performances. Various interactive sessions will be conducted for generating awareness on education, health, legal literacy, heritage & culture and online safety.