International Womens’ Day – 2017

International Women's Day has been celebrated in SPAN (Society For Peoples' Awareness ) on 8th March 2017 at Kolkata and in Bankura district. In kolkata there are 4 places in front of Shyam Bazar Metro, Sealdah Rail Station , Bidhan Nagar Rail Station and Press Club at Esplanade SPAN celebarated the program in collaboration with Indian Youth Federation and Nari Shakti. The program was designed with drama and slogan on the day with theme #BE BOLD FOR CHANGE. In Bankura district the theme of the program was "Amra Dol Kori /Kintu fol pai koi?" that means the women group demanding their rights.The program had been organized in collaboration with Hirbandh Block , Bankura. A mass rally rounded the area followed by a cultural event.

Some glimpses of the day:

SPAN’s ‘Eco’-initiative on Earth-day

eco1You must have heard of the story of a boiling frog which was placed in cold water that is gradually heated. Before realizing what happened, the frog would get slowly cooked to death. This is the scenario of today’s world as well. Due to dangerous level of pollution, the atmosphere is getting adverse with each minute passed. If this tendency goes on, life on earth will come to an end in near future. This year on the occasion of World Environment Day, SPAN tried to send this message in a unique way. On 5th June, they organized a workshop in Kamarhati centre where 22 youth members from Kamarhati, Titagarh and Pramodnagar participated. The session emphasized in many aspects of environmental problems, right from e-waste to deforestation. But most important part of the workshop is the formation of Eco-club concept. According to UNEP, over the next decade the amount of e-waste being produced including mobile phones and computers could rise by as much as 500 percent in some countries, including India. Through man’s evaluation process, participants of the workshop are shown hazardous effect of this immediate threat from e-waste and other technologies. eco2 Statistics are equally horrifying in case of deforestation. Only between 2000 and 2012 2.3 million sq kilometers of forests around the earth were cut down. Urbanization at the cost of greenery is not at all acceptable. This message was also conveyed in that session. Hard heating facts were raised through a film. After the workshop, members planted saplings in the centre. To ensure the continuation of process, participants form Eco Clubs. These clubs consist of three members each. Representatives of these clubs will engage in environmental activities in their respective areas. General meeting would be held in frequent interval and representatives of those clubs will share their plan and work accordingly. After the session, participants’ appreciation speaks about the success of the workshop. On the backdrop of Paris Climate Deal, it is quite clear that only a day from the calendar could not change the scenario. Every day is important to keep life breathing on this planet. Eco club is just a tiny step to let the community aware round the year.

Regional Youth Conference

Some Flashes of Youth Conference at Regional Level:

Titagarh (18th May , 2016)

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Kamarhati (21st May, 2016)

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Pramodnagar (23rd May, 2016)

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Bankura ( 26th May,2016)

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Conference at Darjelling (10.06.2016)

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Rabindra Jayanti (রবীন্দ্র জয়ন্তী)

"আনন্দধারা"য় পালিত রবীন্দ্র জয়ন্তী

Rabindra Jayanti Celebration at Anandadhara

rj2   Rabindra Jayanti (রবীন্দ্র জয়ন্তী) is the day which marks the birth anniversary of the great scholar and novelist Rabindranath Tagore. Birthday of the noble laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore is celebrated on 25th day of Baisakh. In Kolkata, it is popularly called Poncheeshe Boishakh and is celebrated ceremoniously and jauntiness all across West Bengal.  
SPAN & Anandadhara like every year have celebrated 156th Birth Anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore (Rabindra Jayanti ) today. A Cultural program including poetry recitations, songs , dance are organized throughout the day in the memory of the great poet- Rabindranath. The whole program has been facilitated by the children of Anandadhara and Youth Groups of SPAN.

Youth Exposure Jalpaiguri

expo1The plan to design an exposure basically was undertaken by the youth councils at their respective areas and was finalised along with the SPAN mentors a month before 16th December 2015 when actually the team set off for DOOERS at Jalpaiguri.

Jalpaiguri as the destination was a natural choice to experience the forest and the Himalayan terrain in one hand and also to have an exchange programme with the ‘Koshish’ group, which is the Jalpaiguri based youth group mentored by SPAN at Jalpaiguri. The team of 40 youth assembled from Belgachhia, Kamarhati, Dum Dum and Barakpore on 16th December at Sealdah Station and boarded Kanchankanya Express to reach Matelli Block at Dooers by forenoon next day.expo2 The introduction between the Kolkata (the visitor) and the Jalpaiguri (the host) was anchored and facilitated by Mr. Tarak Majumder, District Coordinator. Seating arrangements were primarily made in a way to know each other each other and then a pair was made composing one volunteer each from two areas wherein each member will speak on her/his friend whom she/he had known only immediately! Having introduced to each other the youth members were found very jubilant. The energy that was generated and momentarily it appeared the host and the visitors were all waiting breathlessly to get the idea about the next actions.

expo3It was used appropriately by the facilitators and six teams were formed composing ten members in each team, which of course was a combination of visitors and host members together. The six issues e.g. Health, Education,Livelihood, RTE, Child labor and Trafficking were taken up by the six teams (one team would take up one issue only). Six situations in six tea gardens were decided and the teams were all ready to visit the gardens in the next day morning immediately after the breakfast.

The next day in the afternoon each team having returned from the gardens charged with very exciting experience and started presenting those in front of the full house of youth. The whole afternoon was extremely absorbing findings of the youth, which at a time were felt so unique, in a sense, that compilation of the same and sharing with other stakeholders might be of a great value. However, after this the Kolkata youth leaders composed of four members facilitated the Right to Participation workshop for their friends and it was equally absorbing and significant.The next day was the time to say good bye to each other and also the members from both visitors and host sat for couple of hours before that to draw a concrete plan of action as a way forward.The visitors also enjoyed the natural beauty of the tea garden setting with hills and mountains in the back ground. They also visited the ‘Gorumara National Park’ which is a sanctuary forest area. The feedback of the members were sought as a part of the evaluation which was designed and participated by the youth members only. It’s redundant to say finally that all were back home safely in due time. expo4


Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl the most beautiful planet in the universe all the continents and the oceans of the world united we stand as flora and fauna united we stand as species of one earth black, brown, white, different colours we are humans, the earth is our home. Our cosmic oasis, cosmic blue pearl the most beautiful planet in the universe all the people and the nations of the world all for one and one for all united we unfurl the blue marble flag black, brown, white, different colours we are humans, the earth is our home. "Earth Anthem" by Abhay K




SUNDAY ADDA An initiative where Youth do some fun at the same time learn something.The topic of this month is "7 wonders of the World". Youths have given the presentations in chart paper and a meaningful discussion afterwards. S1-1

Children sensitization program at Agarpara New Line:

A Children Sensitization program has been organized by youth leader of UMEED at Agarpara New line. More than 50 children were present there. The topic of discussion was child rights through playful events. img9

Sunday Adda:

It is an initiative where our youth members can do some Fun and at the same time learn something. Every month our members do various serious topics. But this SUNDAY ADDA brings some fun and relaxing time for them with joy. This month the topic was “Unsolved Mystery of the world”. img8

Youth Round Table Meet. Kolkata Chapter:

Youth roundtable meet, Kolkata chapter is a part of our large initiative Youth Led Development. In this 2 day’s program 6 different youth agency were present and share their views on different aspects. The program aims on 3 main targets like 1.Where they want to see them after 1 year 2.What is the process? 3. What support they want from SPAN. This program aims to focus on the initiative “youth as partner”. The youths have made their plan for development. This program contained with 20 no of youth who have already shifted them from beneficiary level to partnership level. At the end of the program the youth agency have submit their plan and made a joint forum that will work together in the future course. img7