Child Club Election: Children’s Journey to Active Citizenship
Child Club members of C&B Ghat, Faridpur elected their new Executive Committee for 2018 through an election process on 15 February. This year, two children named Fahim and Joti have been elected as President and Vice President of the Club. Twenty-five candidates competed for nine positions in this election. A total of 107 (boy sixty-one and girl forty-six) Child Club members casted their votes.
The event started by hoisting the national flag of Bangladesh. Each candidate appealed for vote and explained their respective manifesto to strengthen Child Club activities. Rina Begum, Councilor of Dicrir Char Union Parishad and Biplob Kumar Sharma, Assistant Teacher of Aijuddin Matubbor Primary School jointly facilitated the voting process.
“The Election process was fair and transparent. We believe, all the candidates got equal opportunities. The ballot boxes were made of transparent glass and votes were counted in front of us. Therefore, we were extremely satisfied and confident about the process and also with the result of the election. We have learned about democracy from this election process that will help us to be an active citizen in Bangladesh,” said Raja Miah, a member of Child Club.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), Faridpur Sadar; District Children Affairs Officer, Bangladesh Shishu Academy, Faridpur; Union Parishad representatives; teachers; CBCPC members; parents; staff members of Shapla Mohila Songhtha (SMS), Mukti Mohila Shamity (MMS) and Save the Children in Bangladesh attended the event.
Child Club is a platform of the children which was established to protect them from all kinds of violence through awareness building activities. This gives them an opportunity to learn about their rights as well as to participate in initiatives that develop their capacity on active citizenship. Child Club is facilitated in Rajbari and Faridpur under Sushikkha O Susasther Mahdhomy Surokkha (SSS) project interventions of Child Protection sector of Save the Children in Bangladesh.