ANTI-CHILD LABOUR DAY
Anti-Child Labour Day
Is being observed
On 12 June 2022
On this day
We’ve to resolve
Is to take care of those children
Who are not able to care
Their own selves because they are dependent on others
Since they are just like small plants
Which are planted in our garden of our homes
And require regular nourishment
With water, sunshine etc.
And protection from elements
Unfavorable to them.
Seemingly, a peculiar scenario emerges
When our small children are rather employed
At the tea-stalls and shops
And for other sundry jobs
Or we find them hawking
To supplement the income
Of their households
While they should be in the schools
They can learn the knowledge of Three Rs
Reading, writing and arithmetics
So that when the child grows up
To be a responsible citizen
And even takes care of the children
Who are left in the care of elements around.
The persons with resources
Should make sincere efforts
To pool in their resources
To provide succor to those NGOs or children-homes
Who take care of the impoverished ones
Along with punishing
Those who transgress the laws
Relating to child protection
While providing them the basic needs
Through proper care, protection
Adopting a child-friendly approach
Where protection of child related cases
Seem to exist.
Our children are our future hopes
Not that we give birth and throw them
To face the elements of nature themselves
We’ve some responsibility towards them
Prioritize their educational pursuits
Provide them proper diet
So that they’ve good health
For sound health
We’ve to provide them proper medi-care
It is our responsibility
To treat every child with empathy
And respect which he/she deserves
Irrespective of their caste, race or colour or gender
Help mitigate the risks
These hapless and helpless face
By strengthening social protection systems
While combating all types of violence
Forced child labour.
Along with domestic violence
And sexual exploitation
Cyberbullying – online and offline
While bridging the digital divide
Which stares us at our faces.
Access to education to the girl-child is a must
And protect them for gender-based violence
Which is rampant presently
And narrow the gap of their vulnerability
Whose parents are no longer there
Since they are snatched by the recent Covid pandemic
Or any other natural disasters
Or died during the wars
Like the current one between Russia & Ukraine
Which have made many children orphans
To render a helping hand
To such hapless ones is our responsibility
Lest these orphans are thrown to face the elements
Who least care for others plight.
If we want a safe and sustainable place
For our children
It is necessary that we secure their health and wellness
And ensure sustainable growth and development.
We should work in unison
To address global challenges
Of child abuse and ensure
That anti-child labour laws are enforced
With iron hand
To give our children the right environs
So that they become good future citizens.
ANTI-CHILD LABOUR DAY
On 12th June 22 is the anti-child Labour Day. It is the day when we resolve not to employ children below the age of 14 years in jobs which are hazardous in nature such as in mines, brick-kilns and menial work requiring consumption of energy.
We’ve laws relating to anti-child labour but need is to enforce these laws meaningfully so that nobody takes advantage of the innocence and gullibility of the small kids and exploit the kids after employing them. Therefore, need is to bestow them right environment and protection to these hapless lots.
The Act 61 (Prohibition and Regulation Act 1986) prohibits the employment of children from working from 7 PM till 8 AM and not more than six hours working hours in a day including one day’s off in a week. Also, children should not be employed in hazardous working environs such as mines and factories deemed risky in nature including requiring hard menial work.
OUR SMALL KIDS ARE OUR FUTURE CITIZENS
We should not forget that our children are the future of our country. They, after their due education and training have to take the gauntlet and shoulder the responsibilities of protecting the borders from the invading outside people inimical to our interests. Therefore, need is to bestow them protection and provide them necessary education for their holistic growth and development.
ENSURING SOUND HEALTH AND WELLNESS
In this proper diet, exercise and provision of proper shelter for those who have lost both their parents in the natural disasters or due to Coronavirus pandemic or due to ongoing wars such as Russian and Ukarainian which has resulted in deaths and destruction. Need for protection of the hapless children is a most needed requirement.
PROTECTION OF GIRL CHILD
In essence, we need to be very careful that girl child is given right education and ensure that girls are not be abused and exploited in any way. It should never be forgotten that teaching a girl means teaching an entire family since the same girl has to manage the affairs of the entire family therefore their education and taking care of their wellness is a must for any forward looking society.
BETTER ECOSYSTEM WITH TEACHING OF VALUE SYSTEM
Along with their educational pursuits, the children should be taught value system; how best to adopt positive thoughts, act with humility, adoption of simplicity with high quality thinking, shunning egocentric tendencies etc. They should also be taught how face the challenges which the life throws at us including respecting others privacy. Right education and right attitude inculcation will change their future outlook to be a better future citizens and for this to be possible appropriate ecosystem and sound environment in which they exist is a must.