The students were asked to start talking about child rights in general: They mentioned food, education, equality, shelter, no child marriage, no child labour, amongst others.
After the first few minutes, they were asked them to split up into groups of 4-5 each, where they excitedly discussed their opinions on child rights.
This was followed by a presentation by one member from each group. Some points that came up were the need for a good quality of life, female foeticide - girl children being killed at birth, essence of primary education and the the fact that children when they are young, are open, and they become more closed as they grow up, as they absorb societal values. The enthusiasm with which they made their arguments was extremely fun to listen to - their vibrancy and eagerness to discuss was quite palpable!
They were then asked about the need for looking at child rights from their own perspective, not as an external phenomenon- of 'them' needing basic rights, but their own opinion of their experiences. Here, they mentioned seeing children as workers is restaurants they go to eat with their families. On a lighter note, another child mentioned the right not to wear school uniforms
They were told about the Constitutional Rights, and those available under the Child Rights Convention. Color coded sheets of these had been made, and were given to the teacher for further discussion.
It was added that it is essential to think differently, to be able to discuss about important issues, and to have an open mind regarding areas of social importance. They can only bring about change within the society, if they are able to question what they take for granted, and change their own selves.
The session was concluded by telling the students about the need to respect each other. They had spoken about the right to equality, and it was explained to them how it is different for students who study in mud huts to obtain basic education. The importance of listening was emphasized, and the need to start with themselves to be able to become change makers in society.