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Don Bosco Yuwa Mahotsava brings together 5000 Government School Students

By Fr. Bivan Mukhim
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Guwahati, Nov. 30. Child Friendly Guwahati (CFG) organised a day-long Yuwa Mahotsava with 5000 government school students to celebrate the Bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth  and to pay homage to the Saint of the young. It was held at the Railways Protection Force (RPF playground, Bamunimaidan, New Guwahati as an effort to bring smiles to the street children of the city.
The Child Friendly Guwahati (CFG) with its mission ''Bringing meaning and joy in the lives of the young'' wholeheartedly work day and night to make the programme a real tribute to the educator and Friend of the Young.

The Chief Guest Mr. Kamal Jyoti Gogoi AES, Inspector of Schools, Kamrup District Circle, inaugurated the celebrations hosting the national flag. In his speech he praised the Salesians for the great work of educating young minds to be responsible citizens of the future. ''I am aware of the Don Bosco system of education, and his education system is based upon the mission to build up the young people in having a positive direction.  We need to imbibe his system of education,'' he told those who were gathered for the programme. He recalled his first visit to a Don Bosco School at Jorhat in his early days.

Fr. VM Thomas, the provincial and the Chairman of the Child Friendly Guwahati said that the thrust the Salesians make during the year of the bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth is to project Don Bosco's visions and ideals for the young people and to bring them up. ''The young people are the agents of change and proper channeling of their power is important in society to bring about transformation in their lives,'' Fr. Thomas said during the welcome address.

Various competitions were also held for the school students. Zonal debate on the topic ''Youth the Wheel of Change'' and Quiz on Don Bosco were two of the remarkable events. The gathering welcomed and felicitated the German delegates led by Dr. Martin Casper of the ChildAid Network and the team from the Land Rover Company. The CFG felicitated Mrs Tarali Sarma, a recipient of a National Award for Singing and a friend as well as strong supporter of the work for the street children of Guwahati,  

The gathering ended with a cultural programme performed by the various government school students. ''It was a real encouragement to see many government school students coming to know about Don Bosco and his system of education,'' Fr. Solomon Dennis, the priest in-charge of Child Friendly Guwahati said.
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