Bangalore Oniyavara Seva Coota (BOSCO), an NGO working with child labourers and children in distress will be observing ‘World Day against Child Labour’, in Bengaluru on June 12, 2019. It is a day to educate the society about the importance of childhood and child rights, create awareness about child labour and to invite the civil society to join hands to combat child labour. The theme for the day is, “ABOLISH CHILD LABOUR AND SAVE CHILDHOOD”. This year BOSCO has rescued over hundred child labourers and re-enrolled them to mainstream education.
The awareness campaign will be inaugurated by Mr. Shivashankar. K, PSI, VV Puram Police station, Bengaluru, Fr. Mathew Thomas, Executive Director, BOSCO and Fr. Regi Jacob, Director, BOSCO Nilaya, BOSCO Nivas and CREAM Project at BOSCO Mane, Chamarajpet, Bengaluru, at 9.30 am on June 12, 2019. Two teams will be reaching out to Pantharapalya, KR Market, Sumanahalli Circle, Orion Mall, Mantri Mall, Shantinagar, Garuda Mall, I MG Mall, Brigade Road, Cubbon Park, Shivaji Nagar, City Railway Station and BMTC Bus Stand areas. Children from BOSCO Vatsalya Bhavan and Rainbow Home are to perform Flash Mobs at the Malls and other areas to create awareness to the public about child rights and the importance of childhood. The public would be made aware of their responsibility to send children to school instead of pushing them into child labour.
Distribution of pamphlets, stickers, shouting slogans and exhibiting placards would be done to disseminate the message. The campaign would culminate at the BMTC Bus Stand Skywalk, Majestic, Bengaluru, wherein a Human Chain would be formed consisting of about 250 people including the BOSCO Management, staff, children from various BOSCO centres, dignitaries and the public. Mr. John Roberts, Program Head, South Region, Child Rights and You (CRY), Ms. Kathyayini, Sub-Inspector of Police, Upparpet Police Division, Bengaluru, Official from Labour department, Mr. Jaipal, DTO, Bengaluru, Mr. Raju, ATM, KSRTC, ATMs of Shivajinagar and Shantinagar, Mr. Raghuram, Station Director, KSR Railway Station, Bengaluru, Mr. Changappa, Inspector, RPF, KSR Railway Station, Bengaluru, Ms. Bharathi, Sub Inspector, GRP, KSR Railway Station, Bengaluru, Managers of Malls have consented to be the Guests of Honour.