Formation of a District Level Federation of Children’ groups were an initiative taken by the Child Secretariat in Nagapattinam district. Fifteen NGOs came with their children for the meeting.
Purpose of the Meeting: To form a federation of all the children’s groups/ parliament /clubs started by the different NGOs working with children in the district, to prepare a platform for the children to raise their issues and concerns, to have better interaction among the children’s groups, to understand the best practices of various children groups across the district, to form a group of representatives of the children who will act as a bridge between the Child Secretariat and the children and to select representatives from the children to participate at the state level federations of children’s groups.
Program of the Day: Mr. Jerald, Secretary of CSt explained the need for the district and the state level federation of children’s groups. He also explained that the process had already been initiated in the formation of this federation of children’s groups at the block level. He also mentioned that this kind of forum clearly gives an opportunity for the children to exercise their right to participate and this would help the children in protecting themselves.
Future Plan: Both the State level and District level federation of children’s groups would function for one year. Within this period, the CSt would facilitate the NGOs to organize children’s groups at block level. Then, from the block level, representatives would be sent to the district level federation of children’s groups. The two groups [CAC (Children Advisory Committee) & CCC (Children Central Committee)] would function till then.
The Children Central Committee would meet and interact with the Children Advisory Committee once in three months and discus with them the issues and concerns; and represent these to the Child Secretariat. Thus CCC would act as a bridge between the CSt and the CAC. Periodic training and meetings could be organized for these two groups.