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4th Nanhi Chhaan National School Essay Contest 2017 held in Chennai
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School Essay Contest

The 4th Nanhi Chhaan National School Essay Contest, co-hosted by The Sanmar Group was held at the Sri Sankara School, Thiruvanmiyur, Chennai.

The topic for this year was “Child marriage it must be stopped”. Around 16 Schools from 7 different states participated in this national level contest. Eminent judges like Mr. Vijay Thadani, Co founder, NIIT, Mr. Prashanth Vasu, Location leader & Partner, McKinsey, Chennai, & Dr. Lakshmi Vijayakumar, Founder, Sneha Chennai, hosted the question and answer session as well as group discussion for the students who took part in the contest and selected the winners thereafter. Mr. N. Ravi, Director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd was the Chief Guest and distributed the prizes.

For the fourth consecutive year, Nanhi Chhaan Foundation has organized a national level essay contest with a topic which is still a major concern in many parts of India. Through the National School Essay Contest, Nanhi Chhaan hopes to raise awareness and to educate young citizens of the country about such crucial and sensitive issues.

According to Mr. Harpal Singh, Chairman, Nanhi Chhaan Foundation, said, “The problem of child marriage in India remains rooted in a complex matrix of religious traditions, social practices, economic factors and deeply rooted prejudices. Both girls and boys are affected by child marriage, but girls are affected in much larger numbers and with greater intensity. Through the schools essay contest Nanhi Chhaan hopes to develop an ethos where India's children engage with the country's social agenda and help eliminate the institution of child marriage.”

Mr. N. Kumar, Vice- Chairman, The Sanmar Group was also present..

About Nanhi Chhaan Foundation:
Launched in 2008, the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation is a not-for-profit organization set up with the objective of addressing three important issues on the social agenda of the country namely, the adverse gender ratio (and women?s empowerment), preservation of trees (and environment protection) and lack of Inter Faith harmony (promote secularism). In an inspiringly new approach the Foundation seeks to make a positive impact for protecting the girl child and for preserving trees by invoking the positive power of faith. The initiative cuts across all segments of society and faiths and invokes citizens to act to raise awareness and to actively participate in corrective actions.

By achieving these objectives, the Foundation seeks to restore Nature?s balance which has been severely disturbed during the last few decades. Nanhi Chhaan seeks to become a National movement which hopes to move the social agenda by closely working with Educational Institutions, civil society, governments, NGO?s, the corporate world etc. The initiative is supported by eminent personalities including-His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk of Bhutan, Mr. Salman Khurshid, Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mr. Tejendra Khanna, Dr. Prannoy Roy etc.); institutions such as CII, Hospitals, Schools, World Wide Fund, etc. MR. HARPAL SINGH, Chairman Emeritus, Fortis Healthcare Ltd, and Chairman of Save the Children, India, is the chairman of the Nanhi Chhaan Foundation.

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