|RENUKA CALLS ON PUBLIC – PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE WELFARE OF STREET CHILDREN
The Government has taken up number of initiatives for the protection and welfare of the children but public private-partnership is must to get desirable results in this area. This was stated by Smt. Renuka Chowdhury, Minister for Women and Child Development here today in a function organized by ‘CHILDSCAPE’ an NGO to facilitate street children for their outstanding achievements.
Ms. Chowdhury said that setting up of Child Right Commission is an important step in the direction of child welfare but education and information of children is also very important to make them enlightened youth. She urged the private sector to come forward and help in this endeavour.
Awarding street children for outstanding achievement, she said that the Government is exploring various options for education, health care and training of the street children with the help of private sector. She said that all the children are the assets of the nation and it is the duty of every citizen to see that all possible opportunities are provided to the children for their development.
On the occasion, the Minister awarded certificate and cash prizes to:
-Mohd. Ismail: A rag picker at Saket, working actively for community teaching of street children.
-Master Sankar: a rag picker at Basant Lok community. He not only goes to school, but also ensures that all 12 children from his slum attend school.
-Master Malik: a student of childscapes Bansant Lok and has today got a job and is self-sustainable.
-Master Ajay: a young enterprising student who has shown extreme dedication. He ensures that all the other fellow children do not miss the class.
-Master Anwar: supports in counseling on drug abuse of fellow students.