Nitish Kumar, a 10 year boy from Khagaria district, while sharing features of Resilient Village shared our state cannot become resilient unless the village become resilient and children’s views are assimilated during implementation of Bihar Disaster Risk Reduction Roadmap. Save the Children’s two days Children’s Convention “Child Friendly Roadmap for Resilience” concluded with pledge to collectively work for Resilient Bihar and with substantive participation of children from children across the state. On the second day of convention, more than 150 children from different districts of the state discussed and shared their views and expectations with regard to Resilient Villages, Resilient Livelihoods, Resilient Basic Services and Resilient Critical Infrastructure.
Appreciating Save the Children efforts towards Resilient Bihar, Shri Vyasji, Vice Chairperson, Bihar State Disaster Management Authority (BSDMA) shared Save the Children works with children and they have taken big task because they are not only explaining the children about Bihar DRR Roadmap but collating children’s perspective on the roadmap. This is an important exercise to bring road map on the ground. Speaking to children he cautioned that small precautionary measures can definitely save us from various man made disasters viz. road accidents, drowning, fire etc.
Evoking the relevance of Children’s Day, Dr. Uday Kant Mishra, Member, BSDMA shared it our responsibility not to only save children but also protect their childhood. He opined Bihar provides various child centered facilities like bicycle, school dress, free curriculum books in order to provide best possible opportunities to children. Bihar DRR Roadmap would definitely enrich ethos of safe childhood.
Vivek Choudhary, member of Children’s Protection Group at Kishanganj advocated for strong and safe infrastructure particularly in school and emphasized that in the aftermath of any disaster school must not be closed and studies should be interrupted. Manisha Kumari, a girl child from Nalanda suggested village level DRR plan must be developed and it should be adopted from Gram Sabha. Chandani Kumari, gave a call that all emergency services should be arranged at village level.