The Constitution of India is the Supreme Law of India. It was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India on 26 November 1949 and became effective on 26 January 1950. The Constitution has 470 articles, grouped into 25 parts, along with 12 schedules. The Constitution is the guiding light for the Indian state, with ideals like democracy, sovereignty, freedom, equality and justice embedded in it. Citizens of India should know about their rights provided and protected by the Constitution. Hence, a comprehensive understanding of Constitutional provisions is an essential part of education.
With this approach, Manthan SVK took an initiative and organised a Guidance Workshop for Children on Monday, 19th April 2021, based on the theme “Indian Constitution For Children of Manthan SVK”.
Adv. Shashank Shekhar ji (Advocate of the Supreme Court of India, a former member of the Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Director of Jus Naturae law Office Pvt. Ltd. and Founder of CRACR & PD) was the keynote speaker of the session. He guided the children by making them understand the introduction, background, philosophy and limitations of the Indian Constitution and explained how it is sometimes misused for personal gains by some people. Putting forth the idea of an Awareness Drive for making people aware of their rights, he urged and encouraged children to understand the Constitution, know their rights and raise their voices against injustice.
In the final part of the session, a Q&A activity was held where children raised questions about their constitutional rights, their views on political influence and the injustice happening around them. Citing the example of Mahatma Gandhi and his fight against racism in South Africa, Shashank Shekhar ji reiterated the importance of courage, enthusiasm and social justice before the children.
Manthan SVK, the holistic education initiative of Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan, works with the vision of creating socially responsible citizens. This session was one, among many others, organised for Manthanites.