UNICEF, Madhya Pradesh office had two events to mark UNICEF @70. First event was on Adolescents and young people meet wherein groups of adolescents and youth groups got an opportunity to share their perspectives and views on the work they are currently doing for children, challenges they face and child focused-issues they want to highlight to further advocate for the rights of children in the state. And second event was an exhibition of pictures on Sports for Development in the state. Senior Government Officials, children/adolescents, CSOs, huge media presence and celebrity advocate Dia Mirza were present at the events. Principal Secretary Women & Child Development J N Kansotiya, Principal Secretary Health Gauri Singh, Principal Secretary/Commissioner School Education Deepti Gaur Mukherjee, Commissioner Sports & Youth Affairs Sachin Sinha, State Programme Officer Swachh Bharat Abhiyan Hemvati Varman, Ex-Chief Secretary and now President Child Rights Observatory, Nirmala Buch participated in the events.
Dia Mirza Celebrity spoke on the engagement of adolescent and young people, issue of child rights and climate change adaptation. All the meeting we had groups of children and youth from Bhopal, Harda, Indore, and Guna. The dignitaries present praised the work UNICEF is doing for children and mothers in the state and also appreciated UNICEF for creating enabling space for children/adolescents to voice their concerns on issues impacting on their rights.
The plays by children particularly from Indore and Harda reflecting their proactive role as agents of change in creating awareness in their communities on adverse effects of practicing open defection were appreciated. The plays demonstrated that children have great potential and role to play in creating positive changes in the society. Additionally, Kafila an initiative of ANSH happiness society presented a play on child rights covering survival, protection, education, and sanitation and child nutrition. A youth group from Bhopal presented their thoughts in form of a play on child rights. In the evening we had inauguration of an exhibition of pictures taken by youth photographers on Sports for Development (S4D), an activity which is being undertaken by the Department of School Education in partnership with UNICEF. The exhibition will be on until December 18, 2016.