Cultural programmes were held in several schools,
NGOs took street children on a trip to the zoo and distributed warm
clothes to brave the winter chill - Children’s Day was celebrated in
a variety of ways in the capital Saturday to commemorate the birth
anniversary of India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
President Pratibha Patil too joined in the celebrations by meeting
school students and wishing them at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on the
While many schools declared a holiday, special cultural programmes
were organised in several other schools where teachers put up shows
for the students.
Taking the celebrations to those less privileged, NGO Save the
Children organised a trip to the zoo for 40 street kids.
around the country, there will be celebrations, which is fantastic
but there are millions of children in this country for whom
Children’s Day means nothing. That is why we are trying to make a
difference by making the day a fun filled one for some of them,”
Ananthapriya Subramanian of Save the Children told IANS.
other NGOs like Bachpan Bachao Andolan, which works on child rights,
joined hands with the city’s Maxfort school and distributed winter
clothes to the underprivileged children on the special day.
ministry of women and child development awarded the National Child
Awards to 25 children for their outstanding achievement in different
fields like art, music, dance, sports and science.
Using the occasion to highlight the important issue of the right to
education, NGO CRY started a nationwide campaign Saturday called the
‘Sabko Shiksha Samaan Shiksha’.
campaign calls for ammendment to the Right to Education Act, 2009,
to make education accessible to all. In the present form, the Act
talks about compulsory education to children in the age group of six