Chandigarh, January 16: As part of the worldwide 150th anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, Yuvsatta in collaboration with CCPCR-Chandigarh Commission for Protection of Child Rights & Department of Environment, Chandigarh Administration is organizing 1st Children’s Peace Fest-CPF2019 in city-beautiful Chandigarh on January 30th-martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi at Government Museum & Art Gallery, Chandigarh. Besides School students of tricity i.e. Chandigarh, Panchkula & SAS Nagar, children’s from Tripura, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan are expected to participate.

The Children’s Peace Fest will involve various Inter-School Contests of Gandhi Quiz, Clay-Modelling, Short Skits, Poster Making, Peace Poems, Short Mobile Videos and Books Exchange to encourage the young children to read more and more new books and discover new delights. And the students coming from outside will stay with families of local students in their homes ‘Student Host-Student Guest’.

Sharing her ideas and concerns on the initiative Mrs. Harjinder Kaur shared that they at CCPCR are already actively working to promote and safeguard the integrity of youth and children. We advocate for their rights and when they are violated we are committed to providing support. And here at this occasion of Children’s Peace Fest with a slogan of ‘Leave No One Behind’, they will not only be involving marginalized children’s of Snehalaya, Bal Bhawan, GRID, Institute of the Blind but also disable children’s from ARUSHI, Bhopal are also specially invited along with marginalized children’s from New Delhi, whose visit is supported by Delhi State Commission for Protection of Child Rights-DSCPCR.

Congratulating Yuvsatta volunteers Mr. Debendra Dalai, Director, Department of Environment and Chief Conservator of Forests at Chandigarh Administration said that year 2019 is very important for all Indians as its 150th anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi and Government of India has also planned for worldwide celebrations. So they have also joined at Children’s Peace Fest to spread Mahatma’s green message of living in harmony with man and nature alike. And a special national level Inter-School Poster Making Contest is planned on theme of ‘Chandigarh Says Goodbye Poly Bags’, fortifying further Gandhiji’s message of ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness’ and ‘Swatch Bharat Abhiyan.’

Pramod Sharma, founder-coordinator of Yuvsatta-NGO added that after establishing the annual Global Youth Peace Fest, which they’re now continuously organizing annually from last 13 years at Chandigarh, this year they’re starting with a national level 1st Children’s Peace Fest-CPF2019, which also will go international next year, with participation of children’s from around the world to spread the age-old Indian ethos of ‘Vasudhev Kutumbkam-whole world is one family’. Pramod also shared that they at Yuvsatta will also be launching a ‘9months of nonviolence’ campaign on January 30thmartyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi with this Children’s Peace Fest, which will conclude with the 14th Global Youth Peace Fest-GYPF2019 on October 2, 2019-birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and this year at GYPF2019, young leaders and change-makers from 50+ countries are expected to join hands for a better world.