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JOYOUS MOMENTS Children perform at the event
JOYOUS MOMENTS Children perform at the event

Going by the belief that children are the future of a country, the future of our country can be secure only if our children are given ample scope to growwell. However, there are a great number of children across the country who are either working in some roadside shops or eateries, or worse, begging on the road. Their condition is shoddier in the cities. While a decent career is a distant dream, even their minimum education remains unfulfilled. But what comes as a faint waft of a fresh air is that many NGOs and business houses have come forward to work for the uplift of these street children in recent years. Taking it as an inspiration, PVR Cinemas have just launched PVR NEST (Network for Enablement and Social Transformation) in coordination with the Vasant Vihar Market Traders Association and the `Bhagidari' cell of the Delhi Government.For a start, 50 children, mainly comprising beggars and rag pickers around the PVR Priya Complex, have been adopted under the Childscapes programme in association with Katha's Tamasha roadshow with support from the traders association. The programme also involves Katha's School on Wheels.

Three initiatives

Speaking on the occasion, CMD, PVR Ltd, Ajay Bijli said, "It covers three major initiatives." They are Childscapes, to restore the dignity of the street children around the PVR multiplexes through educational, social and cultural activities, PVR Pathshala, where a village Ishapur in Haryana has been adopted to take care of the primary education of the village children, and Green PVR, to collaborate with other bodies and work for a clean and green environment. Stressing on the need for basic education, Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, present on the launch of the initiative, said that the government is looking at ensuring basic education for children. She expressed happiness over the results of the children studying in government schools. "The real challenge is to narrow the rift between the rich and the poor," she added. A street play by the children of Literacy India, "Essence of Street Life" gave an opportunity to the participants to showcase their acting talent.

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