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Don Bosco Young at Risk Network discusses Equity and Reaching the most Marginalized
By Father Thomas Aquinas SDB
Mumbai, Jul. 24. Delhi - Master Krishna, a seven year old from Don Bosco Ashalayam, New Delhi, accompanied by dignitaries and one of the delegates, Ms Juliana from Nitika, Kolkata, lit the inaugural lamp, at the start of the fourth Annual YaR (Young at Risk) Leaders' Orientation programme at the conference hall of Don Bosco House, New Delhi on 16th July 2019.  The programme of YaR was held from 16-20 July, 2019 and discussed Equity and Reaching the most Marginalized Children and Youngsters under our care.  
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The five-day workshop, presented by a diverse team of experts and practitioners, focused on a variety of theoretical and legal aspects of working with the Young at Risk in India today. Thirty five delegates from eighteen states attended the workshop from across India.

The first day the session conducted for the participants highlighted an overview of the Don Bosco Young at Risk Forum and its work in the various parts of our provinces in India. Thousands of children are rehabilitated in our shelter homes and care giving centers across India and today many of the children who have crossed the portals of our institutions have become beacons of hope and being enablers in the society.  The sessions on Preventive System in the Context of the Young at Risk and Building Resilience in Children and Young People by Father Thomas Koshy SDB, Human Rights Education: HR Clubs, Child Parliaments and Understanding ''Child Rights Based Approach'' by Ms Mine Mitra Rashi.
 
The second day the session highlighted the topics - Pathbreakers: Ministry with Young Migrant Workers by Father Joe Anand - Chennai, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by Mr Kumar Shailabh, Sustainable Development Goals by Mr Satyendra Kumar. The third day the session highlighted the topics - Alliance Building & Networking by Mr Rahul Singh, National Child Rights Instruments: POCSO, CLPRA, PCMA ,RTE, RTI, ICPS by Ms Piyu Talwar and Systems Building & Don Bosco Standards of Care by Father Thomas Aquinas. The fourth day the session highlighted the topics- National YaR Day & Campaign 2019: Theme by Father Thomas Aquinas, Juvenile Justice Act 2015 and Model Rules 2016 by Mr Anant Kumar Astana. The fifth day the sessions highlighted the topics-  Pathbreakers: Trafficking: Rescue, Prevention, Protection by Ms Chitra Iyer, Imagine YaR Ministry - Phase II: ToT by Father Tony Pellissery and DB YaR Child Policy, Child Protection Code of Conduct by Father Thomas Koshy. The sessions were very  inspiring and evocative and made the participants reflect on formative approach to nurture marginalized children under our care.
 
The participants received resource kits, comprising of legal documents, policies and protocols and audio-visual material. They also got the chance to interact with practitioners from across the country and shared about their experiences and best practices.

''Soften your heart, and harden your feet.  Attentiveness to the needy and the vulnerable through love and compassion -softness of heart, and facing challenges and travelling through tough paths - hardening your feet, could be significant and transforming take away from the programme,'' said the participant for the first input session of the day.

Father Thomas Koshy, Secretary of Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk, invited the participants to reflect on the preventive system in the context of rights and UNCRC. On the final day of the seminar Father Tony Pellissery, Joint secretary of DB YaR Forum trained the group on the tools used in 'Imagine YaR Ministry' Programme. This is one of the recent initiatives of the forum to reflect on the achievements of every YaR center and to plan for the future with its learning. Father V.M. Thomas, Director Planning and Development, DB Tech concluded the programme with his motivational speech.
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