Childline has, for the first time in Tiruchi district, started Child Rights Clubs (CRC) in six rural schools.

The Child Rights Clubs were launched earlier this week in Manikandam block by the Chief Educational Officer T. Mohana Kumar in the presence of the Director of Childline Nodal Organisation J. Godwin Prem Singh. The Clubs have been started to sensitise poor children to their rights in rural areas, in keeping with the ideology of United Nations, Prof. Godwin said.

The Founder President of Sharon Trust Dhanaraj, who presided over a function organised at Muthukulam school to mark the occasion, advised school children to develop the skills to plan and implement various campus activities through celebration of days of national importance. Only through development of the children's personality and talents can the quality of education in rural parts be improved, he said.

The Chief Educational Officer was confident about CRC serving as a Forum to create public awareness on Child Rights through community participation and in-campus cultural activities.

Child Line Nodal Official S. Thiyagarajan and Prof. Godwin oriented the students on participation in national festivals, enrolment of drop outs, informing authorities on incidents of Child Rights violations in schools and neighbourhood, thwarting child marriages and child abuse, and in providing necessary care and protection to all children. Assistant Elementary Education Officers in Manikandam Block took part.