In a world where compassion often lights the path to change, the students of Centurion University proudly stepped forward to participate in the National Street Children’s Day 2024, held in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of Ashayen. From January 29th to January 31st, 2024, our students engaged wholeheartedly in a series of events aimed at advocating for and supporting the rights and education of street children.
The journey commenced with a spirited Mini Marathon on January 29th, themed “ଭିକ୍ଷା ନୁହେଁ ଶିକ୍ଷା” (Bhikhya Nuhe Shikhya), translating to “Education, not Begging.” Students joined hands with Ashayen near Odisha Khadi and Gramodyog Board, Kharabela Nagar, Unit-3, Bhubaneswar, to raise awareness and support the cause. The presence of esteemed guests, including Dr. Amar Patnaik, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, further fueled the spirit of the event.
On January 30th, our students actively participated in the 1st National Consultation on Children Living in Street Situations (CiSS) held at the Auditorium, Campus- 5, KIIT. Engaging in insightful discussions alongside notable speakers like Ms. Lalita Patnaik from UNICEF and Ms. Sumitra Jena, Advisor W&CD, Govt. of Odisha, our students voiced their commitment to advocate for the rights and education of street children.
The culminating day, January 31st, witnessed a celebration of resilience and talent as Ashayen commemorated its annual day and National Street Children’s Day at KIIT Campus-5, Bhubaneswar. Our students immersed themselves in various workshops, engaging with the children and fostering creativity and learning. Esteemed guests, including Ollywood actresses Ms. Usasi Misra and Anu Choudhury, witnessed the remarkable talents nurtured by Ashayen over the years.
Dr. Sangram Keshari Swain, Dean, Students’ Welfare, at Centurion University expressed his enthusiasm and said, “Centurion University is honored to have participated in the National Street Children’s Day 2024, advocating for the rights and education of street children alongside Ashayen. We have been contributing to such a noble cause for the last 15 years and 10 years with Ashayen. Our students remain committed to fostering compassion and community engagement for a better tomorrow.”
Centurion University extends heartfelt gratitude to Team Ashayen for the invitation and the opportunity to contribute to such a noble cause. We commend the dedication and commitment of our student volunteers who selflessly dedicated their time and effort to support the marginalized and advocate for their rights.
As we reflect on the events of National Street Children’s Day 2024, we reaffirm our commitment to creating a more inclusive and compassionate society. Through education, advocacy, and community engagement, we aspire to build a world where every child, regardless of their circumstances, has access to a bright and promising future. In the spirit of unity and compassion, let us continue to stand in solidarity with the marginalized and work towards a brighter tomorrow.