Imphal, Oct 5
Like every year the10th State Level Children’s Cultural Meet, was held on Saturday the 5th of October 2019 at Tribal Research Institute Auditorium Hall, Chingmeirong, Imphal. This is a major calendar event for the Manipur Alliance for Child Rights (MACR) which has been working in the field of child rights in association with Child Rights and You for the last 19 years in the state of Manipur.
Titular King of Manipur Leishemba Sanajaoba, graced the occasion as Chief Guest while S. Saratkumar Sharma, Former Chairperson, Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights presided the function. Ashim Kumar Ghosh, Associate General Manager, Child Rights & You (CRY), Kolkata and Montu Ahanthem the main behind the programme attended as Guests of Honour respectively.
Pooja Elangbam IAS the special guest of the function gave an inspirational speech to the young childrens of Manipur.
In connection with the programme four persons who rendered remarkable contributions towards combating child trafficking, containing child sexual abuse, and showing proactive roles of media for protection and promotion of child rights in the state were honoured.
This year the MACR Child Rights Awards have been conferred to Thiyam Rajkishore, Chairperson, Child Welfare Committee Imphal West, Thounaojam Brinda (MPS), Addl. Superintendent of Police Narcotics and Affairs of Borders (NAB) Manipur , Arambam Anilkumar (MES) Zonal Education Officer, Zone III Thoubal and Rinku Khumukcham Editor, Imphal Times
Speaking on the occasion Leishemba Sanajaoba stressed on the need to groom children of today for the future of the society. He appealed people to be aware of such incident need to be well cultured so that children of tomorrow live a peaceful and prosperous live.
A motivational speech by Pooja Elangbam IAS, kept the packed auditorium of TRI to a complete silence. However at the end of her speech the auditorium was again filled with applause.
Montu Ahanthem in his keynote address highlighted that MACR since the year 2010, has been organizing the cultural meet which is indeed a joyful cultural extravaganza for children belonging to different tribes and ethnic communities of the state. It envisages providing a golden opportunity for showcasing their innate potentials and artistic talents. Performance of traditional dances, folk songs and music, martial arts and short plays by the children hailing from different districts marked the Cultural Meet. The very inter-community mega cultural event envisions inculcating the young minds with a sense of peaceful co-existence, the spirit of communal harmony and the emotional integrity of the state.
The theme of this year is “Break the Silence, End Child Sexual abuse; Let’s Make a Child-Friendly Manipur”.
MACR believes an individual’s commitment and extraordinary efforts made towards safeguarding child rights, amid all odds and challenges, whichever profession the person is working with, will impact a lot to bring far-reaching changes in the lives of the deprived children of the state. This year, four individuals working in the fields of juvenile justice, journalism, education, combating drugs and alcoholism, with extraordinary efforts and commitments have been nominated.
Previous year awardees were also facilitated by the dignitaries of the function at the Auditorium Hall of Tribal Research Institute (TRI) Chingmeirong, Imphal West.
Jeet Akoijam, Resident Editor of Imphal Times hails from Singjamei Liwa Road. Has been with Imphal Times since its start. A National level Rugby player and a regular Trekker and Nature Lover, loves spending time in lap of Mother Nature. Jeet is the father of two lovely kids. Jeet can be contacted at [email protected]