Digital learning and social skilling important for youth: SOS India

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Speakers at the 30th edition of Tara Ali Baig Memorial Lecture underlined the importance of digital shift and need for developing social skills in children

August 8, 2019, New Delhi: SOS Children’s Villages of India organized the 30th edition of ‘Tara Ali Baig Memorial Lecture’, at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, in the Capital. The theme of the lecture was “Digital Shift & future of Children, Youth & Society” and “Developing the Social skills in Children”.

The occasion marks the birth anniversary of Tara Ali Baig, (Ex president SOS India) a multifaceted personality with diverse interests, who was deeply committed to social issues especially women and child, is remembered for the pivotal role she played at the policy and implementation level in furthering the country’s social agenda.

The event started with the annual tradition of paying a tribute to Late Tara Ali Baig by her son, followed by a welcome speech by S Sandilya, President, SOS Children’s Villages of India.

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While delivering his keynote address and addressing the gathering, Mr Osama Manzar, Founder and Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation and Chief Guest at the event said, “The lives of children and the youths living in the twenty-first century is different than the lives of children in any generation before. The digital shift has always been on the agenda list for the development of the country and thus, the need for skilling the youth is paramount. Digital tools are important to be successful, critical and analytical, in this world.”

Deliberating on SOS India’s role, Sumanta Kar, Deputy National Director, Integrated Child Care, SOS Children’s Villages of India said, “SOS India strives to align its children in the mainstream society right from day one. The Family-like environment at our SOS Children’s Villages persistently contributes towards their holistic development including social and educational needs. As time passes and they grow, they are offered guidance, professional education, and necessary social and digital skills to become independent.”

Further he added, “We fondly remember Tara Ali Baig with gratitude and love for her contributions made to SOS Children’s Villages of India. Her pioneering efforts have helped shape the lives of thousands of children in need of care and protection and we shall continue to follow her footsteps.”

With India now home to 20 million orphaned, abandoned and underprivileged children, it becomes even more critical to build their skills for realisation of human potential apart from providing them a loving home”, he added.

One of the SOS India Mothers shared her experience of nurturing and transforming lives along with the SOS India youth who spoke about growing up in an SOS Village.

A settled youth from SOS India shared his journey of life from growing up in an SOS India Family to Psychologist.

About SOS Children’s Villages of India

Established in 1964, SOS India is a non-government, non-profit, voluntary childcare organization. It has since been involved in providing parentless and abandoned children a family-like environment which includes a mother, brothers and sisters, a loving home and a community. The aim of SOS India is to build families for these children so that they grow up with love, respect, dignity and security. SOS India is a well-known credible organization and the first childcare NGO to get a CRISIL accreditation in India for strong delivery capability and high financial proficiency. In March 2016 and then again in March 2018, SOS India was certified by TRACE, the world’s leading anti-bribery standard-setting organization, which demonstrates a commitment to commercial transparency. SOS India has been working tirelessly to ensure that parentless and abandoned children do not grow up alone and their lives are transformed by its specialized long-term care programme or preventive short-term care programme.

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