Children’s Voices : Participation of Children & Youth in Advocacy
The children and youth are involved in the activities related to the UBR
Camapaign in Andhra Pradesh., Children formed “UBR Children Clubs” they
organized rallies and performed cultural programmes, like Role Plays, songs and
Kalajathas, they raised voices on the occasions. The youth from all the 9
districts in Andhra Pradesh participated in the campaign in several activities.
They joined in UBR committees at panchyats and mandals and participated in
review meetings. They performed Kalajaths like Burrakathas, Gollasuddhulu,
songs, role-plays etc. Further they joined in Birth Registration observation
days. Children and youth are key actors in the UBR campaign. Above all created a
positive impact in the campaign.
“Today’s Children are Tomarrow’s Citizens”……..
In order to strengthen the slogan,
Registration is the First Right of the Child and First Duty of the Parents. In
the UBR Campaign the primary stakeholders are children. The strength of the
Nation is Youth, every one has moral responsibility towards social issues raised
by the occasion in the society. So, in the UBR Campaign youth too have a lot of
responsibilities. We involved
children and youth. While planning of the programme and up to the implementation
part, we involved children and youth, with that they are also advocating
importance of the Birth Registration through various forms in the society. They
have joined in the UBR communities at the panchayat and Mandal levels and also
they participated in the review meetings of the committees. Youth involved in
UBR propaganda programmes through Kalajathas and cultural events. They also take
part in the pamphlets, posters, and wall writing activities. They involved in
Birth Registrations Observation days. Children participated in UBR rallies and
cultural events like Role Play, and songs. And also children participated in
children UBR clubs at village level.
play performed by Youth
play performed by Youth
level of the children and youth participation in the UBR campaign indicates the
success rate. The role in advocating the Birth Registration in the masses by
raising of their voices. The role of children and youth was crucial.
Children and youth in demand creation activities and youth alone
participated in strengthening of existing system of UBR.
are the entry point for both family and society for Birth Registration Activity.
It is must to give support to raise their voices and participation.
creation and strengthening of the existing system are two primary objectives in
the campaign, we should give more space for children and youth in the
implementation of objectives. We involved children in various activities in
implementing the UBR campaign in A.P.
(Krishna) has initiated Children’s Clubs in order to bring the habit of public
speaking, openness and understanding about socio-economics issues of
Children those who are attending upper primary and
secondary schools are the members of these clubs. Periodically they meet and discuss matters relating to the
club committees namely;
other Committees the functions of UBR Committees are as follows;
performed by Children
performed by Children
Children formed as a Committee, where main focus on
their first right having registering their births and issues on its successful
There is no
limitation for the members entry
There is no
All Children are
eligible to join into these committees
Normally once in every three months, all the members of
these committees meet together
Main focus given
on the importance of their involvement with their family and the society through
the procedure of learning, teaching and implementation.
During the UBR
campaigns, these UBR Children committees plays vital role by assisting at
Panchayat level too.
interesting approach was a small drama sketch illustrating a typical village
In one of the sketch presented by the children in ASM Krishna
is like this. Parents who are illiterate labourers have come to recognize the
importance of education. They have three sons who have completed education and
are now applying for further jobs, one as a military officer, second in police
department and the third wishes to take higher education. After applying, all
the three children returns home angry and disappointed having been refused their
acceptance, for the fact they did not have birth certificates. The confused
parents had no knowledge of what Birth Registration was or its importance. They
come to learn about UBR from their neighbours and social workers such as those
of ASM but it is too late for their children.
In Chittoor District they utilized the local festivals and
Jatharas for creating awareness among general public by involving the youth. At
Jatharas they organized stalls by free water supply. Where they distributed the
pamphlets, displayed the posters and banners in that stall. The audiocassette on
UBR was also arranged with mike set in the jathara as a part of UBR awareness.
Large No.of people visited the stall. During these camps the Bullock Cart was
decorated with UBR Posters, Banner and moved around the Jathara, which attracted
the public very much and also got appreciations by the public and elders. They
organized a very big rally around with 2000 children in B. Kothakota of
B.Kothakota Mandal on children’s day and distributed sweets to all the
children. As a part of UBR Campaign Chaitanya has targeted the children studying
in primary schools and hence requested the school headmasters and teachers to
allow them in disseminating the information of UBR programme at the time of
school assemblies and motivated the children to carry on this message to their
parents for concentrating more on registering their Births and getting Birth
Registration Certificates properly and timely for achieving the aforesaid
objective, Chaitanya has attempted this in all schools.
And also organized rallies with school children in the village.
This activity has attracted the public very much. High school children helped in filling the birth registration
forms at camps.
In East Godavari district, the NGO involved children
& youth in UBR campaigns. They
conducted Rallies with high school children at mandal level.
They organized awareness programs of “child-to-child” and
“child-to-parent” education. They
involved primary school children in distribution of pamphlets and sent the
message to each door-step, which created positive attitude towards parents by
getting Birth Certificates for their children.
They involved college students in survey work and in collecting secondary
data from the sources.
District they organized rallies. With the children in UBR Campaign. In Nalgonda
District also they organized Role-play with children on UBR. In Adilabad
District the local youth participated in Gollasuddulu cultural performance in 50
panchayats effectively. In Visakhapatnam District children participated in UBR
Radham in JATHARA
Radham in JATHARA
Children are the key stakeholders and youth are the
power of campaign. That is why we should involve both in all forms of the
campaign for getting the better and fast results. In the future campaign we
should follow the same strategy at all the 9 districts. It is necessary to
organize an exposure trip, where the UBR campaign is going on in different
states and districts. This will be
an opportunity for us to learn from each other.
In this way, we can reach our target that 100% Birth Registration by the
name is Suresh, studying 4th standard in MPUP school, Lankapalli
Village of Krishna District. Regularly I have been attending the children club
meetings, during the meetings club leaders explaining about the importance of
Birth Registration. Then I realized and enquired about my Birth Registration
with my parents. Because of their ignorance and lack of knowledge on Birth
Registration, they have registered my name but not obtained certificate. Thanks
to our club leaders, the motivated my parents in obtaining the Birth Certificate
I am Bhagyalakshmi belongs to Mudunuru Village of Krishna District. I studied up
to 10th Class and got
chance to involve in the UBR campaign
and voluntarily working in my
village. For lack of Birth Certificate I have seen a family who lost chance in
getting benefit under Girl child protection scheme. With the knowledge gained
through project initiatives I am guiding the relevant families in obtaining
birth Certificate which is enabling the prospective mothers in availing the
Janani Suraksha Scheme promoted by Government. Thanks to ASM for providing me
opportunity to work for a social cause.”