Register

Those individuals who are inspired to become active members and those Organizations/Educational Institutions/ Religious Congregations/ Communities/NGOs etc. that are inspired to be autonomous collaborating partners (organizational members) in the Happy Childhood Campaign are required to adopt the Happy Childhood Pledge and make it their own. In addition, they are also required to make the following three self-commitments.

Three Self-Commitments:

I commit myself to God and to all children in India that I will do my best from today to achieve the goal of making all children below the age of 18 years in India happy and healthy by the year 2030 inspired by the Happy Childhood Pledge adopted by the first Interreligious Parliament.

I commit myself to God and to all children in India that I will not waste any food or eat more than what is essential for my good health from today.

I commit myself to God and to all children in India that I will practice at least one act of Tyagarchana (voluntary sacrifice of something one likes) every day from today for the spiritual purification of my own life and use the time/energy/money thus saved for promoting the aim and objectives of the Happy Childhood Campaign as presented in the Happy Childhood Pledge.

Pledge

‘Happy Childhood Pledge’
The basic document & inspiration for ‘Happy Childhood Campaign’ adopted in the 1st Interreligious Parliament held at Patna on 4 & 5 August 2017 (Note: As per the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and India’s National Policy for Children, every individual up to the age of 18 Years is considered a child).

“We believe that it is the inalienable duty of all parents and teachers as well as of all citizens of India and the State & Central Governments to provide conducive environment and necessary protection & facilities for a happy and healthy childhood for every child below 18 years of age in our country without any religious, caste, class or gender discrimination.

“We also believe that our children need caring love, nutritious food, creative learning and opportunities for playing, singing and dancing for their childhood to be happy and healthy. We are sad to acknowledge with heavy hearts that the development models and education systems adopted and promoted by us today are influenced by a self-centered consumerist culture and loveless materialistic philosophy that do not give much importance to these essential requirements of happy and healthy childhood.

“We are shamefully and painfully aware of the many threats like child marriage, child labour, child trafficking and sexual abuse faced by helpless children in India today. Children need to be protected from these and any other form of physical or emotional abuse. We also need to understand the impact of conflict, disaster, poverty, discrimination and injustice on children and protect them from these. As adults, we need to become role-models of good values/behavior and create positive environment which can inspire children to become good citizens and good human beings. But we have often failed in these duties. We seek pardon from God and Mother India for these sins of commissions and omissions.

“We believe that it is a crime against humanity, more so against the future generation, to deny our children their basic right to a happy and healthy childhood because of our selfish, greedy and lustful life styles motivated by the all-pervasive consumerist culture and materialistic philosophy that have very little or no place for caring love and selfless service within them.

“It is our conviction that the negative forces of consumerism and materialism controlling the lives of people, developmental models and education systems today can be overcome effectively only by a spiritual and moral regeneration of our individual and collective lives.

“We believe that this much-needed spiritual and moral regeneration is the collective responsibility of members of different faith traditions, religious communities and educational institutions. We also believe that as Indian citizens belonging to different faith traditions and religious communities in the country our primary responsibility is to promote harmony, peace, prosperity and happiness in India.

“It is our firm conviction that a strong and abiding foundation for peace and sustainable development on earth can be laid only by providing happy and healthy childhood for all children in the world. Our mission has to begin with a concerted effort to promote happy and healthy childhood for all children in our own country, in our own neighborhood and in our homes without any religious, caste, class or gender discrimination.

“With these beliefs and convictions we hereby pledge to work together with all concerned parents, teachers and other fellow Indian citizens for providing happy and healthy childhood for all children in India below 18 years of age.

“We also hereby pledge to seek active cooperation and support from our State and Central Governments and from the various political parties and religious communities and other stake holders including corporate organizations and civil society in India for the success of this historic mission of the millennium entrusted to us by Divine Providence.”

Interreligious Parliament

2nd Interreligious Parliament

Time & Date : From 4: 00 PM on 14th Nov 2019 to 4: 00 PM on 17th Nov 2019
Place: Chennai
Venue : To be decided by 1st Sep 2019

Participants: Teachers, parents, religious leaders and responsible citizens from different religious traditions and from different parts of India who are committed to the aim and objectives of the Happy Childhood Campaign by signing the 3 self-commitments of the ‘Happy Childhood Pledge’ adopted in the 1st Interreligious Parliament (attached to this Concept Note).

Registration fee: Rs. 2500/- per individual & Rs. 6000/- per organization/institution (with maximum 3 participants)
Last date of Registration: 1st Sep 2019 (With a copy of the Report of activities being undertaken by oneself or by one’s organization/institution for promoting happy and healthy childhood in India (not exceeding 2 printed pages with photos) to be published in the Souvenir of this 2nd Interreligious Parliament that will be released on 14th Nov 2019 in the Inaugural Session)

Aim of Happy Childhood Campaign: To make all children below 18 years of age in India happy and healthy by the year 2030.

Methodology: To strive incessantly, fearlessly and prayerfully to achieve the aim of the Happy Childhood Campaign by 2030 through the 3-E methodology of ‘Education, Employment & Empowerment’. (Creative, playful and value-based non-formal education for children & empowering mothers/women through skill development and employment).

Objectives of 2nd Interreligious Parliament:
To evaluate the activities of various participating members/organizations/institutions
To revitalize and expand the Happy Childhood Campaign further to achieve its goal by 2030
To adopt targets to be achieved by the participants during the next one year
To plan the 3rd Interreligious Parliament
One-day orientation: A one-day orientation for those inspired to serve as members of the Convening Council, Organising Committee and Event Management Team of the 2nd Interreligious Parliament will be held at ———————-on ——————————-.

For further details please contact:

  1. Sri. Paramjeet Singh, IRS ( 9892360521)
  2. Dr. Hasumuddin Papa ( 9841010555 )
  3. Rev. Dr. Kurian Thomas (9444043133)
  4. Sri. Yaseva (9884411845)
  5. Sri. Saify Saraiya (9884087860)
  6. Sri. Paul Raj ( 9840347477 / 7550173763)
  7. Imran Ali Namzi (shasa@cselian.com / 9841223313)