Vision & Mission
CHILD FRIENDLY CITIES INITIATIVE
In April 2018, a “Child Friendly Cities Initiative” was launched in the cities of Chandigarh, Rajahmundry, Salem and Vadodara, coordinated by Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk.
Don Bosco National Forum for the Young at Risk, also known as DB YaR Forum, is a network of over 90 institutions and organizations spread across 19 states and union territories of India, committed to the care and protection, best interests and maximum development of children, reaching out through a variety of interventions and services, since 1972, especially to vulnerable, marginalized, “at-risk” young persons.
The Child Friendly Smart Cities programme promoted by the Government of India opens up for the citizens of over 100 cities vistas of opportunity to collaborate to design and build for themselves “dream-cities” that promote well-being and maximum development for every citizen: “in promoting the best interests of children, we promote the best interests of all humanity …”
The concept of Child Friendly Cities, unquestionably, is not new and many cities in the world, including some in India, have attempted it with various degrees of success.
Our present initiative in these four cities has children at its heart and as it chief protagonists, who engage with city administrations, with the guidance and support of parents and elders – enlightened and committed individuals and organisations, and indeed, the entire civil society – for the best interests of all children in the city.
The program seeks to bring children, adult citizens and city administrations on a common platform where the best interests of children drive decision-making in planning, execution and monitoring of the city’s projects and activities that impact their lives.
The larger goal is to enable cities to ensure for all children in the city the rights to survival, development, protection and participation as outlined in the UNCRC: to transform cities, through the participation of children and communities, and in partnership with city administrations into
child-friendly spaces where every child lives secure and grows to fullness of life; cities where all children
* have a safe environment that protects them from violence, abuse and exploitation
* live in a clean, unpolluted, eco-friendly environment
* have enough green spaces
* can meet their friends and have places for healthy recreation
* influence the decisions about their city
* have ability and platform to express their opinion on the city
* participate in cultural, social and community events
* are equal citizens with access to services regardless of gender, ethnicity, religion, income or ability.
The initial phase of this program - spread over 36 months – envisions children’s groups, civil society members and city administrations collaboratively evolving and garnering support from all sections of society in these 4 cities for a vision and road map for their Child Friendly City, indicated by their assurance of participation and commitment of human and financial resources to the planned interventions.