As many as 14,578 children from across India participated in the Stamp Design contest organized by the Department of Posts and UNCIEF India as part of World Children’s Day.
The Department of Posts, in association with UNICEF today announced the winners of the 2019 Stamp Design Competition to commemorate the thirty years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The top two winning entries have been adapted as stamps.
In 2019, as part of their annual stamp design competition for children across India on Children’s Day, the Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications, Government of India and UNICEF partnered to facilitate release of commemorative stamps on the theme of child rights designed by children and adolescents, studying in classes 1 to 12. 14578 children from across India participated in the contest.
Speaking on the partnership and the competition, a senior officer from the Department of Posts said, “Every year, the Department of Posts holds a Stamp Design Competition on Children’s Day inviting drawings/ paintings/ sketches from children on a particular theme. The theme of this year’s Children’s Day Stamp Design Competition was “Child Rights”. The partnership with UNICEF this year has served twin objectives: on one hand, it has served to generate awareness about Philately and on the other, it has created awareness about Child Rights. Children have sent us excellent art work on what the CRC means for them. Today, children clearly identify new challenges facing them as well as available opportunities. Young people are speaking out for their right to education, demanding an end to discrimination, calling for end to violence, striking for action on the climate crisis, campaigning for digital reform and calling on leaders to protect their future.”
The winning entries – three winners and five consolation prices – will be awarded at a national event in New Delhi on 20 November 2019, World Children’s Day. While the top two designs on child rights are adapted as stamps, the remaining are used for preparing various philatelic items including first day cover, brochure etc. The 1st prize winner will win a cash prize of Rs.50,000. The 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 10,000 respectively. The five consolation prizes are worth Rs.5,000 each.
Congratulating the winners, UNICEF said, “This partnership involving children from across India has brought the Convention on the Rights of the Child to life. The entries show children’s perspective and understanding on their rights. They depict not just their aspirations about their lives but also their dreams of realizing these rights for every child, especially those who are less privileged. This is especially important as childhood has changed with new challenges. We must look ahead to the future of childhood and commit to urgent, concrete action to protect and promote the rights of every child, now, and in future generations.
List of winners:
First prize winner : Ms. Nidhi Rahul Mhatre (15), Boisar,
Second prize winner : Ms. Vibhushi Agarwal (12), Ghaziabad,
Third prize winner : Ms. Deepali Midha (17), Ghaziabad,
Consolation prize winners: (i) Master Rupam Mahanty (10),
(ii) Ms. Vaidehi Vikas Shirsath (17),
(iii) Ms. Arya Thapa (14), Tadong,
(iv) Master Sarvesh Suresh Joshi (07),
(v) Ms. Kratika Chittoriya (14),
Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) turns 30 (1989 – 2019): This year, the world celebrates the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the CRC. While a lot has changed, especially for children, over the last 30 years, child rights and the convention are as relevant today as ever. Global trends, like digital technologies, environmental change, mass migration and urbanization are changing childhood fast. Today’s children face new threats to their rights, but also have new opportunities to realize their rights. This allows us to look ahead to the future of childhood and commit to fulfil the rights of every child, now, and for generations to come.
UNICEF India 70 years (1949- 2019) This year also marks 70 years of UNICEF India’s strong presence and commitment to further child rights in the country. Since 1949, UNICEF remains a committed and a trusted partner in supporting the Government of India and State Governments to ensure every child born in this country gets the best start of life, thrives and develops to his or her potential. Guided by CRC, India Vision 2030, as well as the global sustainable development goals, the UNICEF’s joint five-year Programme of cooperation with the Government of India (2018-2022), contributes to national flagship efforts, ensuring that the poorest of the poor, across caste, class and gender have access to quality care, protection and services.
These two occasions are a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements For Every Child in India, but more importantly to rally the support of the country towards the cause of children. Child rights will only be fully realized all stakeholders involved – the government, civil society organizations, law and policy makers and every citizen of India – uphold their child rights duties and every child can claim those rights. Government of India and UNICEF, together with partners, can recapture the will that led to the adoption of the convention on November 20, 1989 to strengthen the child rights’ agenda and accelerate the implementation of the CRC.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. More than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit unicef.org.