Kohima: A first-of-its-kind ‘Girl Child Olympics’ for school students was held at the Mon local grounds in Mon district of Nagaland on Tuesday.
Considered one of the most backward, the district has recently been promoting the girl child under the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP)’ programme. As part of the campaign, the government came out with the ‘Girls Child Olympic’ to empower the girl child, on Tuesday.
A department of information and public relations (DIPR) statement quoted the extra assistant commissioner (EAC) & nodal officer of BBBP Mon, Imliwapang Aier, as saying, “Sport is the medium to bring about gender equality in our society.”
The Olympic event was organised by the Mon district administration to motivate and encourage the girl child in the district under the aegis of BBBP where all schools of Mon town participated.
The tournament had 11 events including relay race, high jump and long jump, among others. It was divided into two categories: ‘Class VII and below’, and ‘Class VIII-X’which saw a total participation of 230 contestants from 18 schools.
The winners were awarded with certificates by EAC Aier, and he thanked the participating schools, especially the girl students and school nodal officers for the successful Olympic event and further hoped that such events will be held in future to encourage the girl child.
As declared on March 11, the second Monday of every month will now be celebrated as the ‘Girl Child Day’ in Mon district, under the BBBP.