“Art and Childhood” by TEDxDelhiSalon with ChildFund India

TEDxDelhi Salon holds its First Event on Art and Childhood with ChildFund India.

Great ideas have immense power to bring about change. Art in any form- literature, dance, painting and even sports when pursued with passion gives children access to unexplored vistas of their personalities, opening doors to a world of new perspectives and untapped opportunities. Unfortunately, children from the lowest strata of society needing access to alternative education methodologies the most, receive the least!

The event was an exploration of ideas in the field of child development from the perspectives of artists, pioneers, change makers, idea-tors and those children who have broken the boundaries that were holding them from progressing through the power of Art.

Eminent speakers at event included Ms. Stuti Kacker, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Ms. Suneeta Rao, Singer, Performer and Actress, Mr. Krishna Kumar B., Theatre Director and Fight Choreographer, Mr. Debasis Ghosh, Public Affairs Officer, Citi India and Mr. Dev P. Singh, Clay Artist and Entrepreneur. The talks were interspersed with high voltage hip hop performances by Delhi’s own Khatarnaak Hip-hop Collective.

Neelam Makhijani Country Director & CEO ChildFund India

Ms. Neelam Makhijani, Country Director and CEO of ChildFund India, a child development organization shared, “Lack of focus, direction, motivation, facilities and distraction often leads the children who are living in difficult conditions towards negativity. Engaging in Art helps in forming a perspective, providing sense of purpose, losing inhibitions, gain confidence as well as harnesses the potential and helps in incubating talent. Hence, toprovide a unique way to help children in times of transition and development, ChildFund India has incorporated Arts-based programs as alternative education methodology in itsstrategic design, through whichchildren can achieve their full potential, and become responsible and contributing citizens, hence breaking the generational cycle of poverty.”

The event was attended by selected executives from corporates, social sector, UN agencies, Institutes, government and passionate children from various backgrounds who through the ideas and interactions found access and encouragement to take action in this area of child development.

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