Kolkata slum boy’s film ‘The Classroom’ wins UNICEF CRC video contest

The classroom’, a one minute film by eleven year old Sonu Thakur is the winner of UNICEF CRC (Child Rights Convention) One minute Video Contest and will be the part of the broadcast of UNICEF 20th CRC Anniversary celebrations in New York and will be made available for broadcast by the UNICEF for the 2010 ‘The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting’. The theme of the film was every child’s right to education that had actually impressed the UNICEF.

As Unicef writes to Sonu, “The judges were incredibly impressed with the expression of the theme of the rights of the child, the technical qualities of the video, and your overall creativity.”
It is a great time for little Sonu. Sonu is a slum dweller of Eastern Bypass area and studies in the informal school of the Adivasi Kalyan Sangh. He was a part of the UNICEF workshop held in Kolkata with prominent broadcast journalists as resource persons. It was then that for the first time he could ever hold a camera.

Exhilarated, Sonu says, ‘We were asked to tell our tale and then do a video of it. My mother always wanted to go to school but she could not. So, I told this story of every child’s right to study”.

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