An awareness rally on “Beti Bachao (save the girl child)”, witnessed the participation of 205 students and teachers from the Jai Bhavani Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Chinchwad. The aim of this rally was to create awareness among people regarding girls’ education to bring about a transformation in the society. The rally started from the school and made its way through the slums of Phule Nagar, Datta Nagar and Ram Nagar in Chinchwad. At different locations children presented short talks on the need for girls’ education and raised slogans in support of saving the girl child. The rally ended at Don Bosco- Chinchwad where the children were served snacks.
In the afternoon, 220 slum-dwelling women gathered at the Don Bosco Chinchwad campus to celebrate “International Women’s Day.” Renowned local dignitaries graced the event, including Dr. Nandini Joshi (Principal - Lokmanya College ), Dr. Amruta Bakshi (Professor- Lokmanya College), Mrs. Sundana Pandit (Supervisor- St. Andrews School), Mrs. Rajani & Mrs. Vrasha Sawant (Teachers- Ajanata Nagar School), Mrs. Sulakshna Kurne (Supervisor-PCMC Nagarvasti Vibag ), Adv. Dhanshri Kadam (women’s rights activist) and Fr Corlis Gonsalves, Director Don Bosco Chinchwad.
Games and cultural programmes followed soon after with girls from the slums presenting 4 dance performances, enthrallingly awesome and entertaining. Musical Chairs, Ukhane Competition and a game of Bucket-ball, brought up tea and snacks for everyone. Prizes were then distributed to the winners with each participant receiving commemorative gifts. Fr Corlis proposed the ‘vote of thanks’ and expressed the hope that women will continue to emerge successful in their societal endeavours.