(Report by Mukesh Bhatnagar)
“हर करम अपना करेंगे ऐ वतन तेरे लिए
दिल दिया है जां भी देंगे ऐ वतन तेरे लिए”
‘Kids Ambassadors’ of ‘Navyug Each one Teach one Foundation’ organised ‘Salaam Bharat Pratiyogita Soldiers Never Die’. The competition attracted a large number enteries from the children in the age group of 7 to 19 not only from India but from abroad as well. The contest was to create patriotism amongst the participants and generate wider awareness amongst the youth of the country, about the role of the Army in defending the political border and protecting the sovereignty and integrity of the nation. The idea to hold the competition, during lockdown came to Ms Rakhi Gibrani, founder of the Navyug Foundation, in a casual chat with her team, to shift the focus of children from personal talent to real heroes of the nation. Being a passionate social worker and principal of a Senior Secondary School in Haryana, India she very thoughtfully gave the reins of the event to Navyug’s Ambassadors. The event was carried by the young school going Ambassadors with meticulous precision under her guidance. It was thrown open to the kids in three different categories from 1st August 2020 to 10th August 2020. The result was announced on the Independence Day of India. The Pratiyogita was found unique not in one or two but on many counts.
Firstly because of the very fact that the idea to hold such contest came to its founder director Ms Rakhi Gibrani of Navyug Foundation’ during the lockdown period, that too by giving free hand to its young Ambassadors, from organising to all logistics. Though all Ambassadors are falling within the eligible age of participation, but instead they were assigned the key role of handling the event, from contacting their friends, relatives, school mates directly or through school teachers or principals and remaining in touch with media partners.
Secondly the Ambassadors prepared publicity posters, flyers, and awareness material, detailing the objective and purpose of the Pratiyogita, organised for the first time in India by the kids for the kids.
Thirdly the Jury was exclusively constituted of Army Veterans and decorated officers of Indian Army namely Brigadier Retd (Dr) Vinod Dutta, Coln Retd Amarjeet Singh and Major Retd Mohommed Ali Shah. The result of which were announced in a fb live telecast by the Jury in the presence of Founder Director Navyug
Fourthly, the Navyug Foundation laid an example before the comity of NGOs and Social Organisations, that if given opportunity and freedom the kids are capable of doing any task of their own.
Fifthly the participants who came forward and recorded two minute video on the Martyrs of their region district or state, deserves thunderous applause for believing and realising as to – what is duty unto death. Hopefully one day these participants and those inspired by them are going to adorn the proud uniform and make the nation proud for serving their motherland, said Brigadier Dutta.. However the Winners as declared by jury were : Aayushmaan Bhardwaj, Harleen Kaur, Vivan Kaine Pradhan, Poojya Pushp, Mehar Arora, Eknoor Kaur and Manali Saxena. Besides these there were participants who tried their best and found worthy of ‘Special Mention’ by Jury, there names were Krishna Poddar, Nisha, Aanchal, Jasmine, Sanjeev Singh and not the least Mukesh Kumar. There was one other participant from Jammu Kashmir, found good but seems to have forgotten to mention his name and address. The Founder and coordinater of the Contest Ms Rakhi appealed him and his friends during live declaration of result to come forward and get identified.
It may he stated the pristine objective, vision and mission of ‘Navyug Each one Teach one Foundation’ under the stellar leadership, guidance and mentorship of its Founder, is to educate children of marginalised families and to reach to the last child. Navyug came into existence 6 years and with the support of its volunteers is providing education and life skills to the children of underprivileged families through its branches in Delhi and Haryana. Its Ambassadors picked from National Talent Hunt are its extended arm, in the noble cause.
The Navyug Ambassadors sharing their experience here are Km Aashmin, Master Parth Kalra, little bubbly dolls Ananya Jain and Rithvi Kaushik. Their fellow Ambassadors are Master Daksh Behl, Km Vipanpreet Kaur, Harjap Kaur, Janya Talwar, Rabani Jolly
This historic Contest in India, during lock down was sponsored and supported by Rotary Club Karnal, AMB Sahyog, Dil ki Awaaz Channel, Guldasta, Soch India, Creatives World Media Academy, Dwarka Parichay, Media Academy, Himalini Patrika (Kathmandu, Nepal) Jolly Uncle and generous philanthropists. “Navyug Each one Teach one Foundation” is proud of its ‘Organizing Commmitee’ the – Navyug Ambassadors Group, who left no stone unturned in making the ‘Salaam Bharat Pratiyogita’ a one of its kind in the world as entries were received from Australia, USA, and Dubai too.
(Courtesy : Bureau Chief Desk-Delhi, India)