The NINEISMINE Campaign organized the HAQ Ki Shor, a workshop on the Sustainable Development Goals, at the St. Mary’s ICSE School Mazagaon on the 16th of November 2016 in celebration of the Child Rights Week. This workshop was attended by 40 children from schools and different child rights NGO’s, including 18 enthusiastic young men from St Mary’s itself who worked tirelessly as bridge builders for advocacy and positive critiques and creative minds for justice.
The agenda for this workshop was to introduce children to the NINEISMINE Campaign and to invite them to be part of the same and to also to explain to them the UN Sustainable Development Goals and to encourage them to work towards promoting them in their schools and communities. The context is the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review process which the NINEISMINE had engaged children from each and every State and UT in India.
The NINEISMINE is a campaign which is of, by and for children and it has a network all over India as well as internationally. NINEISMINE stands for 9% of the GDP that was promised to be dedicated towards education (6%) and health (3%) of children.
The UN Sustainable Development Goals such as no poverty, reduce inequality, reverse climate change and all rights for children were explained to the children through various activities such as dumb charades, art, hangman, antakshari and tableau’s. The children were very interactive and shared a lot of ideas as to what they could do to help promote these goals.
The UPR process was also explained at this workshop and report to the UN which is prepared by the children of NINEISMINE was also shared with the participants of this workshop and they were encouraged to lobby with Consulates to present these recommendations of the children to them. This workshop also served as training for the advocacy process with General Consulates which the NINEISMINE plans to organize over the next few months in the led up to the Geneva Human Rights Review in May 2017. Three child-advocates from the campaign are scheduled to intervene at Gevena during the process.
Kanishq V. Panchal gave his feedback on this workshop saying “We liked knowing about the campaign that NINEISMINE runs and are glad to know that an organization led by children like us runs a program of such kind. We enjoyed the session thoroughly due to the small games they played and teams we were divided into and we look forward to more sessions with the NINEISMINE.”
Mansi Shelke, Class 9th, Samata Vidyalaya shared her experience, “Water scarcity affects children. In my native village in Jalgaon, I see children getting late for school and unable to do their homework because they are made to stand in line to fill water from the water tankers. I am happy to know that water is mentioned among the SDG’s.”
As a result of this workshop, Manav V. Kothari said “I will not waste food, I will take Swachh Bharat seriously and I will not pollute water.”
The session was attended by members of the UNICEF MUMBAI office. The children were invited to join the campaign and to introduce the same in their own schools and NGOs even as they promised to promote registrations on the campaign’s website www.nineismine.in.