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Bal Sabha/Bal Samiti
Children's participation is a core value of Butterflies. We ensure that
there is children's participation in two ways.
Bal Sabha (Children's Council) - Bal Sabha or the
Children's Council forms the soul of Butterflies programme. The objective is
to provide a platform for children to meet, discuss, share their ideas and
decide on issues concerning them. Small Bal Sabhas are conducted in all
contact points every fortnight while the Big Bal Sabha are conducted every
month in which child representatives from all the contact points come
together to discuss their issues, analyze on-going activities as well as
plan future activities. The Bal Sabha's gives children the opportunity to
learn the principles of democracy i.e. every person has a right to an
opinion and freedom of expression, a consensus must be reached to take a
final decision and that sometimes a compromise is needed.
The Bal Sabha is also a space for children to comment or critique the
programmes or policies of Butterflies, apart from also discussing social,
economic and political issues that are impacting their lives or lives of
Bal Samiti - One child representative from each contact
point meets with the Director of Butterflies every six months. It provides a
platform to the children to apprise the Director of the situation in the
contact points and also share their issues and concerns.
The Bal Sabha and Bal Samiti meetings give us directions to introspect, make
adjustments or take decisions in the interest of the children.