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An 18-year-old student from Upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district took over Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s Twitter handle for two hours on the occasion of World Children’s Day on Friday.
Vandana Urang, who hails from Namroop Tea Estate in Dibrugarh district and is a BA 1st-semester student at Namrup College, shared her thoughts on education in a post-pandemic world, while thanking Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal for allowing her to avail the unique opportunity.
Chief minister Sonowal had on Thursday informed of handing over his Twitter account from 9 am to 11 am to Vandana in a symbolic gesture to support children’s empowerment and participation.
“On World Children’s Day, I am taking over the CM Office Twitter account to talk about my journey and share my opinions on how we can re-imagine education in a post-pandemic world,” Vandana posted.
She also included two video clips along with the posts describing how alternative methods of teaching and a healthy environment can motivate students to complete their education.
“I did my schooling from Namroop Lower Primary School, and now I am studying at the Namrup College. However, I feel, many children are not as lucky as me to get the chance to continue their education,” she said.
“I feel that the environment in schools plays an important role – a suitable environment and innovative teaching methods, along with awareness on things like the ill-effects of use of addictive substances will encourage children to continue and complete their education,” Vandana said.
“Now that schools and colleges have reopened in Assam, I hope we focus on these issues so that no child gets left behind,” she posted.
Vandana is also a member of the Muskan Adolescent Girls Group where she and other members meet and discuss topics such as gender equality, importance of menstrual hygiene and opportunities concerning their future.
Besides, to mark World Children’s Day in the state, over 4,000 children from 17 districts prepared a children’s manifesto mentioning their issues and recommendations for political parties to include in their manifestos ahead of next year’s Assam Assembly elections.
(edited by Christopher Gatphoh)