The Department of Social Work in collaboration with the Child Rights Trust (CRT) organized two days training on Child Rights Advocacy for Child Friendly Society for MSW students on 18th and 19th September 2015. On the first day, followed by the lighting of the lamp by the dignitaries, the inaugural address was delivered by Fr. Josekutty PD, Principal and Shri. Vasudeva Sharma, Director, Child Rights Trust, Bangalore highlighted the significance of the workshop for social work trainees.
The trainers were Shri. Vasudeva Sharma and Shri Nagasimha G Rao. The sessions focused on the various legislations pertaining to children for creating a child friendly society and also described how they are abused and discriminated for no reasons. The sessions begin by giving a statistical report on children and their social status in India. After highlighting the evolution of UNHRC, students were organized into groups where they were expressing their opinions on the ‘wants and needs’ of children. Subsequently, ten thematic questions wherein the students were stating their responses with regard to children in difficult situations.
A right based game was organized on the situation of the child and they also had a group discussion on CRC issues. A group discussion on four indivisible rights of children in the form of case studies was organized to identify areas of intervention in their protection. Students were encouraged to participate by drawing charts, presenting a drama, doing theatre and role playing a situation to understand the needs, plight and violation of rights of children in today’s context. Some of the training methods used by the trainers were thematic presentation, group discussion, activity based training method – survey method, formal discussion and right based game.
Apart from highlighting the problems faced by children in this digital era the trainers concentrated more on the obligations of the government, civil society and the professional social workers in making this world a better place for children. The trainers also underscored the United Nations Convention on the rights of the child by helping the Social Work students to focus on all 54 articles specified under the Convention on the Rights of Children. The next day the curtains came down with the valedictory note delivered by Fr. Vice-Principal of the college which was preceded by the summary of the two days training delivered by student representatives. All the successful participants were awarded the certificates.