Equality does not mean equality of competence; it is equality of Opportunities. We need to stop discrimination between a boy and a girl with this perspective.
This was a message given through a street play ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ staged by students of Pedne, organised by North Goa Collectorate in collaboration with Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG), Dnaynprassarak Mandal’s College & Research centre of Assagao and Viscount High School of Pedne.
Supporting this perspective, Virnoda Sarpanch Mangaldas Kinalekar said male and female could have different kinds of competence as per gender, but society should give equal opportunities to all without considering anybody inferior.
Around 15 students of Viscount High School staged the street play on 8th and 9th March on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The play was performed in the villages of Virnoda, Ozrim, Casarvane, Warkhand, Keri, Palaye, Mandrem and Dhargal.
The play was scripted through a workshop conducted by Ms Prashanti Talpankar, Associate Professor of DM’s College along with Ms. Isha Parulekar and Mr. Rajmohan Shetye, teachers at the Viscount High School. Sailee Naik, a student, authored the play through in-depth group discussion.
Mr. Savio Fernandes, President of CRG, said the effort is based on this year’s theme for women’s Day, “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in Covid 19 world”. He also thanked the government authorities, schools as well as panchayat members for supporting this initiative by girl students.
CRG Director Snehal Salgaonkar and programme officer Namita Parulekar Naik coordinated the whole street play campaign.