From the 20th to the 24th of September ’18, all the core team members from different parts of India and Taiwan gathered in New Delhi. In total 19 core team members attended the meeting, out of which 8 of them were young people and the rest were adults. It was a perfect mixture of both young people and adult, where lots of fruitful discussions, interactions, and group-based activities and games were conducted.
Ever since the last meeting held in January’18, many more new members joined CATS Asia core team. Therefore, the first day session was focus on introducing, icebreaking & reconnecting and status update among the core team members. It was wonderful to see members from different background, class, caste, gender ethnicity, regions and countries gathered for one cause. Language was quite a constraint for some, but throughout the entire session volunteer members actively helped in translation. Nonetheless, all the participants were actively involved and participated in all the sessions.
On the second day of the meeting, young people shared their ideas and experiences they wish to bring in to CATS. Besides, they also shared major issues related to children and challenges to child rights in India and Asia. Some of the key issues highlighted by them pertained to children are child labour, child marriage, sanitation and clean water, legislation, child trafficking and prostitution, gender inequality, corporal punishment, online bullying, depression, and suicides. In addition to this, they shared the impact of these issues to the children and the community as a whole and provided with innovative suggestive measures to address these issues such as by spreading awareness and universal education etc.
The third and fourth day of the meeting was mostly focused on programme designing for the upcoming CATS Asia conference which will be held in Asian Plateau, Maharashtra India on 11th Feb to 16th Feb 2019. “Safe and Sound” will be the theme of the conference. Member derives with diverse kind of activities, program, group work and workshop themes for the conference, and at the same time concentrating on the value and goals of CATS. Also most importantly, all the programs designed are centered on child-friendly and inclusion of the same.
On 24th Sept, various NGO’s from Delhi who works explicitly with children and child rights were also part of the meeting. The session was hosted by amazing core team young members. Remarkable presentation on CATS and their involvements as part of the core team was presented and shared by them. The meeting ended with an open discussion, feedback, and comments session among all the guests and members present in the meeting. Overall, the entire meeting, from the very first day to the last, was very fruitful and delightful.