Hyderabad: City-based NGO Rubaroo on Thursday held a visual campaign in celebration of completing another year of their awareness programme against child marriage, with British Deputy High Commissioner to Hyderabad Andrew Flemming in attendance. In the last three years, Rubaroo has involved 320 students and seven schools in this programme.
The last year-long leg of the project saw the intensive training of 17 student-leaders, selected from a batch of 100 adolescents who study at low-cost private schools in the city. Their training included visits to Bharosa centers and child-friendly courts. The project was done in collaboration with Pravah, a New Delhi-based NGO.
As part of the event on Thursday, a one-day photo gallery promoting awareness about child marriage was set up at Prasads Multiplex, where the 17 student-leaders trained in the workshops spoke to more than 150 moviegoers about the issue. About 30 photos and 10 artworks on the theme of fighting child marriage were exhibited here.
Lauding the efforts of the youngsters involved, Flemming said, “You must take a serious stand when your peers face oppression, including the malaise of child marriage.” “Apart from Telangana, the programme, called ‘My life, Mere Faisle’ ran in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. It was mainly aimed at addressing the issue of early marriage and child marriage so that the young students involved could make a difference in their respective schools and societies,” Rubaroo associate coordinator Balendu Rashmi told Telangana Today.