A new and unique magazine, Baal Chaupaal (BC), is officially set to launch within India, the United States, and New Zealand during the month of May 2012.
BC aspires to be the global voice of children by encouraging "learning by writing” not only among children, but also among adults. The art of writing is known to stimulate imagination and consolidates ones’ understanding of various subjects. In today’s era of fast-paced technology, BC believes that our children are losing the art of writing; a scary and tremendous threat for our future generations. BC is looking to prevent this calamity from occurring by providing a medium in which all child-centric issues may be expressed. Unique in nature, BC will have articles written by both privileged and underprivileged children, not only from India, but from across the globe.
The word Baal means “child”. “Chaupaal”, on the other hand is a place of secular nature that guarantees freedom of speech and expression to everyone present. Still the hub of community life in villages in the Indian sub-continent, Chaupaal can sometimes be just a simple, raised platform, shaded by a large tree where people sit and discuss their problems, celebrate their pleasures, share their pains and sort out their disputes.
An Idea Conceptualized
BC was officially formed in October 2011 by Ms. Pankhuri Jha, a native of Bihar, in collaboration with various affiliates of Ark Foundation, a non–profit organization in New Delhi, India. Pankhuri, now an 11th grader attending High School in New Jersey, USA, conceptualized the idea of BC under Ark’s guidance after volunteering at Ummeed Aman Ghar, an all- boys shelter in New Delhi, India during the summer of 2010. Together with Ark Foundation, BC was created to provide a medium in which children from across the globe, both privileged and underprivileged, would be able to express themselves through literacy and art.
Vision: To provide a forum where children can exchange ideas and feelings through writing and/or art to foster a world of love and care for all.
Mission: To enable children worldwide the opportunity and medium in which they can express themselves through writing and/or art, regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic background, and religious orientation. The BC organization provides an open and unbiased platform for both privileged and underprivileged children to explore and create literary and artistic works for publication globally. Baal Chaupaal aspires to be the premier publication for the children, by the children and a portion of our proceeds will go towards promoting access to education and healthy lifestyles to children throughout the world.
How is Baal Chaupaal Supported?
BC was created to promote children’s literacy throughout the world, including those children residing within low-income/slum areas. BC currently does not solicit any sponsors to support their cause. The people that work on bringing the magazine together are volunteers; all of whom share a passion for helping children from all walks of life thrive in the present as well as in the future.
The Baal Chaupaal Editorial Board hopes that you enjoy the first issue of BC, and thanks you again for your support in making BC the premier publication for the children, by the children, and hopes that you enjoy reading BC as much as they have enjoyed making it. To learn more about BC please visit: http://baalchuapaal.blogspot.com.
The Baal Chaupaal Team
Siddharth Bansal (Grade-12th , India)
Pankhuri Jha (Grade- 11th, United States) (picture above)
Azlan Ansari (Grade- 8th, India)
Tannu Kumari (Grade- 5th, India)
Shaheen Ansari, Phd (India)
Cuckoo Choudhary, MD, FACP (United States)
Annie Romanos, M.Phil (New Zealand)
Navin Singh, MBA (India)
Kristi Subramanian, BS (United States)
Priyanka Phalswal, MSW (India)
Leena, MA (India)BLOG COMMENTS POWERED BY DISQUS