A multi-stakeholder platform was started today in Rohtak, Haryana, to work on children’s Right to Education and on youth livelihoods. The platform, brought together by Magic Bus, a national NGO that works with children and youth, in partnership with Asian Paints, saw participation from the Pradhan of eight villages, officials from the Education Department, Health Department, District Child Protection Unit, Principals of Sr. Sec. Schools, Heads of Middle Schools, PE Teachers and Medical Officers.
Explaining the motive behind setting up this local advocacy platform, Dr. Sujeet Ranjan, Magic Bus’ COO, said, “A programme for children can only be successful if we work with their parents, teachers and the community.”
Talking about Magic Bus’ contributions to this initiative, Mr Jagdish Acharya, Advisor, Asian Paints, said, “India has a huge population between the ages of 14-30 years. By running this programme for children, Magic Bus is contributing towards shaping these young people.”
Balraj Nandal, Pradhan of eight villages, Rohtak, agreed to help the School Management Committees: “We must strengthen the School Management Committees by organizing seminars and workshops regularly,” he said.
Mr Virendra Malik, Block Education Officer, assured all possible help to strengthen the School Management Committees in a meaningful manner and replicate the Magic Bus’ model in other Government schools as well.
Two children and two young mentors shared their experience in the Magic Bus programme with all the participants.
About Magic Bus:
Magic Bus is a 16 years old organisation working with 300000 children in 22 States of India. The organisation's objective is to break the poverty cycle, one child at a time. We take children and youth on a journey from childhood to livelihood.
Magic Bus equips some of India’s poorest children and young people with the skills and knowledge to grow up and be successful, to move out of poverty, and to take control of their future. These ‘life-skills’ – which range from education and gender equality to health and employability – are taught by youth leaders from the communities themselves supported and trained through Magic Bus’ unique mentorship programme.
Through its network of more than 8,000 such youth trainers, Magic Bus accompanies children on their journey from childhood to livelihood. Our youth-centered livelihood programme connects the aspirations and potential of young people to existing or new market opportunities.
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