We have all been celebrating Children’s Day since our childhood, but what about those who do not even get the opportunity to experience one? What about those little souls who are forced into carrying cement sacks instead of bag packs?
Children’s Day is celebrated across the country on the 14th of November, which marks the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of Modern India. But, why do we celebrate Children’s Day on his birthday? Well, Nehru is fondly remembered as Chacha Nehru, because of his relentless efforts to enhance children with the power of education and it is in remembrance of his efforts that we celebrate Children’s Day every year on his birthday.
However, the reality is far from what Chacha Nehru has envisioned. Driven by poverty, a lot of children are forced into taking up menial jobs. Even though the Constitution of India lists engaging any child below 14 years for work, as a criminal offence, the number of children engaged in child labour in the country is quite high. A lot of children have no access to education and hence are forced to work from an early age.
A staggering report states that there are more than 152 million children engaged in child labour across the world and India is definitely a major contributor in this number. While various schemes of the Government are in place to eradicate child labour and making education easily accessible for all, India still has a long way to go.
So, what can you do from your end to bring down the number of children engaged in child labour?
This Children’s Day, say no to Child Labour; let this Children’s Day be a happy one for all!