Who Celebrates the World Day?


Day of Prayer and Action for Children 2011 in India

Day of Prayer and Action for Children 2011 in India

“That our work for Children
must combine
Ensuring Rights
and Realizing Responsibilities
Because Children
learn from living examples”

Mahatma Gandhi

A Spiritual Obligation for Action

The World Day is a partnership and a movement of people committed to the well-being of children, their rights and dignity. The World Day is inspired by the traditions of world religions and the endeavors of a wide spectrum of intergovernmental organizations and NGOs serving the human community.   The World Day is about promoting common action and wherever possible spiritual reflection to build a world fit for children.

Together we will make a difference!

DPAC 2011 Message by Kul Gautam, Convening Chair & Hans Ucko, Co-Chair

Why should every child matter?

We live in the midst of the beauty and wonders of creation, the miracle of life, and the enormous potential of human beings to enrich life- to make it a blessing for all. Yet, we also live in a world in which violence and war, poverty and injustice are endemic.

The growth and development of children include physical, mental, social, cultural, spiritual, religious and environmental dimensions. Sadly, poverty, lack of access to basic facilities like education and health, and malnutrition still afflict many of our children.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) identifies the rights of the child and affirms that: ‘The child should be fully prepared to live an individual life in society, Due account should be taken of the importance of the traditions and cultural values of each people for the protection and harmonious development of the child’

Every child is a promise, a sacred gift and a living sign of the future. The challenge before us is therefore, how to empower children and enhance their innate ability for hopeful and positive living.   

Our hope is that we will pause to celebrate the blessing that children bring to us through their presence & potential. Reflect on what we can do together and the status of our children dedicate & renew our prayers & action to the well-being of children for every child matters!


In the Spotlight

GNRC South Asia Focus

For doable and measurable results, the World Day has chosen three areas of focus for 2011-2013:

  • Positive parenting or non-violent child-rearing
  • Prevention of early marriage to empower girls and families.

Working with parents will be essential, because studies have shown that most violence against children happens in the family.  Therefore, when we promote non-violent discipline, positive parenting and the prevention of early marriage as projects that are primarily directed to parents and caregivers, the result will be preventing or stopping violence against children.

 The India Observance will include :

  • Interfaith Prayers with & for Children across the country
  • Observance of the National Children’s  Day on November 14th
  • Parenting Workshops
  • School centered campaign on Child Protection, Rights & Abuse prevention
  • Anemia Screening  for Vulnerable Adolescent girls
  • Shramadaan

Time frame     12 to 21 November, 2011


  • Children , particularly vulnerable children
  • 20 Cities, Towns & Villages  across India

o   Guwahati  , Bangalore ,Chennai, Coimbatore, Erode, Gandhigram, Hyderabad, Jharkand,Kerala , Kotagiri, Mumbai, Kohima, New Delhi, Angul,Ooty, Pargur, Pondicherry , Rasipuram, Sevapur, Tiruvannamalai,

  • Leaders , brothers & sisters from different faith traditions :

Hinduism, Christianity , Islam , Jainism, Sikhism & the Bahai tradition


Program Schedule from 12 to 21 November





12th  & 19th Anemia Screening for  Vulnerable Adolescent Girls
13th & 14th Child Protection, Rights& Abuse Prevention Workshops for  School Students
14th Children’s Day observed across India  in the partner cities, towns  and villages
16th Parenting Workshop on Child Protection, Rights  & Abuse Prevention
17th Extended Immunization for Rural Children
18th Shramadaan with Children
20th GNRC Youth Group Meeting
21st DPAC Observance across India  with Religious leaders ,Youth & Children


National Children’s Day – 14th November

Children’s day, in Hindi known as “Bal Diwas”, in India falls on November 14th every year and for good reason. Children’s day in India is celebrated on Pandit Nehru’s birthday as a day of fun and frolic, a celebration of childhood, children and Nehruji’s love for them.

Chacha Nehru as the children fondly referred to him, was fond of both children and roses. In fact he often compared the two, saying that children were like the buds in a garden. They should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they were the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. He felt that children are the real strength of a country and the very foundation of society. He was the ‘beloved’ of all the children who gave him the endearing name of ‘Chacha Nehru’.

As a tribute to this great man and his love for the children, his birthday is celebrated all over India as ‘CHILDREN’S DAY’. Most schools have cultural programmes for the day, with the students managing it all. All over the country, various cultural, social, and even corporate, institutions conduct competitions for children.

For further information please contact:
G.Vijayaragavan, Coordinator, DPAC 2011-12
Mail- vijay.varma035@gmail.com, Mobile – 91 99941 56626
Mr.Sundaresan, Coordinator, GNRC- INDIA
Mail- sarvadhana@gmail.com, Mobile – 91 9042737306


India, Asia, Positive Parenting, Violence Against Children, Prevention of Early Marriage, Health, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, Bahai, Faith-based organization, FBO,local NGO, international NGO

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