Major landmarks in the city -Telibandha Talab, Buda Talab, Jaistamb Chowk, Gadi Chowk and Bhagat Singh- were illuminated in blue to mark the World Children’s Day on 20 November 2020.
Dr S Bharathi Dasan, District Collector of Raipur said the illumination of the landmarks across Raipur city is to create awareness on children’s issues and the need to protect children from the impact of COVID19.
Job Zachariah, Chief of UNICEF Chhattisgarh says that #GoBlue is a global initiative of UNICEF to raise awareness on the impact of COVID and climate change on children. “The socio-economic impact of COVID could lead to increase in the rate of child death, malnutrition, school drop-out, child marriage, child labour and violence against children. COVID-19 could turn into a child rights crisis, which should be averted. The World Children’s Day is a reminder to provide opportunities to children to learn, protect from sexual abuse and exploitation, be healthy and nourished” Zachariah added.
World Children’s Day also marks the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on November 20 in 1989. In India, the week-long activities are rolled out from National Children’s Day on 14 November.