And my favourite fundamental right is...

Young guns

And my favourite fundamental right is...

Exuding confidence in every word she speaks, Umang Dhingra, a Class IV student, calls Right to Education her favourite right. You would have heard of children her age enthusiastically waxing eloquent about their list of favourite actors, school teachers or perhaps books at the most. But this generation of children chooses to go a step further

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They spend quality time in understanding and further articulating their viewpoints on the fundamental rights granted as a Constitutional provision to the citizens of India. 

Speaker of the Year – A Global Youth Forum by leading child rights NGO, Child Rights and You (CRY) and Maverik Ventures gave a platform to school children and encouraged thousands of these young guns to talk about revolutionary ideas that would ensure the creation of a better world. The theme for Speaker of the Year- Global Youth Forum 2014 was ‘Child Rights’ and the six-month long campaign across six states of the country, concluded recently at the National Science Centre, 

Delhi. Out of nearly 10,000 registrations, 150 students were shortlisted and invited for the finale. 

The winner of the senior champ category, a Class XII student, Srishti Sankaranarayanan, enthusiastically spoke of ways to implement RTE at a personal level. “One, we could implement community training programmes with the help of RWAs (Residents Welfare Associations) and make children learn the basic alphabet at least. I remember how my mother used to teach our maid’s daughter everyday. The ‘each one teach one policy’ is the best way to ensure RTE.” 

This young crusader who wants to combine her love for history and adventure by becoming an archaeologist, reflects on her experience in the competition, adding, “When I heard one of the directors of CRY mentioning that 66 per cent of girls do not get an opportunity to benefit from education, on the spur of the moment, I integrated it into my speech in the Just a Minute (JAM) session.”

 With an aim for "Inclusive Growth”, this forum brought together the students from different backgrounds--Non-Government Organisations, Public Schools, Private Schools, and Government Schools--to participate on a common platform and voice their opinions around the theme ‘Child Rights’. In the capacity of learners, competitors and winners, these students shared an intellectually stimulating experience. 

The finale saw participation of students from the States of Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Punjab. The forum was attended by wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt, 2012 London Olympics Bronze medallist who shared his journey emphasising the importance of hard work to achieve one’s dreams.

Adjudged as the best speakers in the four categories, Trisha won ‘Speaker Of The Year’ in Junior champ category, Umang won Speaker Of The Year in kid champ category, Arnav won Speaker Of The Year in high school champ category, Srishti won Speaker of The Year in senior champ category. 

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