Jamshedpur: To commemorate UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, a celebration with school and college students was organized as part of the UNICEF on Campus Knowledge Initiative’ in Kerala Samajam Model School here today.
As part of this initiative, UNICEF Jharkhand has partnered with colleges and Universities in the state to increase awareness about child rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which have replaced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Madhulika Jonathan, chief, UNICEF Jharkhand said : “UNICEF’s mission focuses on the whole child – including that child’s mental and physical health, and his or her access to education, legal and social protection, safe water and sanitation, and more.
UNICEF understands that the spiral of poverty, disease and hunger stifles global development and leads to violations of children’s human rights. Those rights guide UNICEF’s work towards a world where every child has a fair chance in life.UNICEF believes that an equity-based approach – with accelerated progress for the children left behind – is not only a moral imperative, but also a strategic requirement.”
She said, “Seventy years on, UNICEF is working harder than ever to ensure a fair chance in life for every child. We have taken this moment to look back and learn from our accomplishments and our challenges. And now we look ahead, with hope and determination, to a better future for the world’s children.”
During the programme, a theatre production by students of Karim City College and UNICEF child reporters’ team was put up. Films around the theme of child rights in Jharkhand was also screened.
The programme was attended by C Bhaskar Rao, well known media personality, Nandini Shukla, Principal of Kerala Samajam School and over 200 school and college students.