150 more Bal Bhavans to come up next year: Arjun Singh

November 14th, 2007 - 5:42 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): On the occasion of Children’s Day, Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh today announced setting up of 150 more Bal Bhavans by next year.
Inaugurating the International Children’s Assembly and Integration Camp, Singh said, “There are only 74 Bal Bhavans within the country that do not suffice the need of children. Therefore, our aim should be to bring up 150 more Bal Bhavans next year and one Bal Bhavan in each village in the future.”
He also said that the Bal Bhavan is the realization of his dream of an out of school activity centre for children, where they could take part in varied activities in a tension free environment.
Singh also released the Bal Bhavan publications - “Voice of Youth on Sustainable Development” - book in Hindi and English reflecting children’s thoughts on Sustainable Development.
Arjun Singh paid homage to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birthday.
Theme of this year’s assembly is “Education for Sustainable Development”. A poster on the theme of the assembly was also released by the Minister of State for School Education and Literacy M.A.A. Fatmi.
This theme has been chosen with a view to sensitise children the significance of ‘Sustainable Development’ since the world is going deeper into ecological debt and global warming and concrete steps needs to be taken against this biggest threat facing humanity.
On this occasion, a colourful cultural programme was witnessed. Apart from Indian children, children from Syrian Arab Republic, Norway, Kyrghyztan and China are also participating in this year’s assembly.
An activity fair is being organised in the sprawling grounds of Bal Bhavan which include activities like painting, wood work, mask making, story telling, paper making, electronic games, aero modelling preparing models of satellites, acquarium, puppet show, magic show, joy rides, games and jumping Castle.
Apart from this, a cultural fiesta is being organised in which children of National Bal Bhavan and children of other friendly countries are making presentations on the theme of the assembly.
The programme will be graced by the Minister of State, Higher Education D. Purandeswari. She will also inaugurate an exhibition titled ‘Traditional Art and Craft-Treasure for Future Generation’ at the National Children’s Museum of National Bal Bhavan.
On Thursday, the participating children and the Bal Shree Awardees of the creative arts stream will make beautiful collage on large boards.
On Friday, children will take part in yoga and creative sports activities. A play ‘Shabri’, directed by Sushma Seth, an eminent theatre and film personality, will be present.
Children will make presentations on difference aspects of Sustainable Development viz biodiversity and energy on Saturday. On the same day, valedictory function will be organised for the Bal Shree Awardees.
On Sunday, children will visit Rural Bal Bhavan Mandi , and indulge themselves in varied creative and science related activities.
There will be screening of Ex- US Vice-President Al Gore’s Oscar winning documentary on climate change-”An Inconvenient Truth”. Apart from this, there will be programmes to make the birth anniversary of Indira Gandhi.
On November 19, there will be a declamation contest in which children participating in the International Children’s Assembly and children of various schools of Delhi will speak on the theme of the assembly.
On the concluding day of the assembly on November 20, valedictory programme will be organised wherein participants of International Children’s Assembly will be felicitated and mementoes and certificates will be given to the children.
The International Children’s Assembly and Integration Camp is an annual feature of Bal Bhavan in which children from all parts of the country and abroad participate.
This camp not only promotes national but international integration, amity, brotherhood and goodwill amongst children of our country and children from our friendly countries who wish to know about the culture of India. (ANI)

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