Child Rights: A Gist
They are abandoned. They do not get a chance to step in a school. They are left to fend for themselves on the streets. They suffer from many forms of violence. They do not have access to even primary healthcare. They are subjected to cruel and inhumane treatments every day. They are children – innocent, young and beautiful – who are deprived of their rights.
In the history of human rights, the rights of children are the most ratified. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) defines Child Rights as the minimum entitlements and freedoms that should be afforded to every citizen below the age of 18 regardless of race, national origin, colour, gender, language, religion, opinions, origin, wealth, birth status, disability, or other characteristics.
These rights encompass freedom of children and their civil rights, family environment, necessary healthcare and welfare, education, leisure and cultural activities and special protection measures. The UNCRC outlines the fundamental human rights that should be afforded to children in four broad classifications that suitably cover all civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of every child:
Right to Survival:
• Right to be born
• Right to minimum standards of food, shelter and clothing
• Right to live with dignity
• Right to health care, to safe drinking water, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay healthy
Right to Protection:
• Right to be protected from all sorts of violence
• Right to be protected from neglect
• Right to be protected from physical and sexual abuse
• Right to be protected from dangerous drugs
Right to Participation:
• Right to freedom of opinion
• Right to freedom of expression
• Right to freedom of association
• Right to information
• Right to participate in any decision making that involves him/her directly or indirectly
Right to Development:
• Right to education
• Right to learn
• Right to relax and play
• Right to all forms of development – emotional, mental and physical
Everyone under 18 years of age has all the rights in this Convention.
The Convention applies to everyone whatever their race, religion, abilities, whatever they think or say, whatever type of family they come from.
All organisations concerned with children should work towards what is best for each child.
Governments should make these rights available to children.
Governments should respect the rights and responsibilities of families to direct and guide their children so that, as they grow, they learn to use their rights properly.
All children have the right to life. Governments should ensure that children survive and develop healthily.
All children have the right to a legally registered name, and nationality. They have the right to know and, as far as possible, to be cared for, by their parents.
Governments should respect children’s right to a name, a nationality and family ties.
Impact of the Convention of the Child Rights
A milestone in the international human rights legislation, the ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’ has been instrumental in putting all the issues pertaining to children issues on the global as well as national agenda. In addition to this, it has extensively mobilized actions for the realization of the rights and development of children worldwide.
It was not an overnight initiative that resulted in the adoption of the Child Rights. It took several years of movements and activism on shaping favourable, positive and constructive attitudes toward children, and also inciting actions to improve their well-being. The enormous efforts involved toward the implementation of the Convention, the significant amount of resources committed to this cause, and the overall effectiveness of the systems put in place for the execution process have a bearing on the success of child well-being outcomes.
Over the last 20 or so years, implementation of the Convention and its effect on child well-being varied from country to country and from one region of the world to the other. Based on analysis, there has been outstanding progress at a global level in addressing the issues related to children. These include progress in access to services, reaching their fullest potential through education, enactment of laws that upholds the principle of the best interests of child, and child survival.
Though a noteworthy progress has been achieved, yet in developing countries, particularly India, there is still a long way to go in realising the rights of children. Though all the relevant rules and policies are in place, there is a lack in enforcement initiatives. As barriers, there are several factors that forbid effective implementation of the laws. Due to relatively low success in achieving concrete child development outcomes in India, the condition of underprivileged kids and underprivileged youth is harsh and needs urgent attention. There is a need to intensify efforts for children welfare at all levels to implement the rules and provisions of the Convention and contribute to create a world suitable for children.
Child Rights and the world
People from across the world striving for social justice have often directed their efforts toward the most vulnerable in society—the children. From Princess Diana’s charitable work on behalf of children to the efforts of activists like Grace Abbott and the youngest Nobel laureate in history—Ms. Malala Yousafzai, these famous children’s right activists have put commendable efforts in helping improve the lives of the youngest citizens.
2014 Nobel Peace Prize awardees—Ms. Malala Yousafzai and Mr. Kailash Satyarthi have reminded us all of the need to keep on advancing in providing opportunities that has an important effect on all children. The opportunities are meant to be meaningful enough to allow them to learn and gain the mindsets and skills that would empower them to be free, develop themselves, their communities and the world.
Mr. Kailash Satyarthi’s struggle to liberate children from child labour had cost him many life threats, including bullet wounds by those who exploit young boys and girls for economic gain. Wearing flak jackets, and armed with strong determination, he and his team raided many illegal factories and mines to rescue the children who are sold into servitude. It has been 30 years now since he started his movement. A movement that has one clear purpose—no child shall be a slave.
On the other hand, when one thinks of Ms. Malala Yousafzai, the first thing that pops in one’s mind is education. The second is—education for girls. In 2009, when she was just 11, she wrote to BBC about the norm of banning female education under the Taliban regime in the Swat Valley (her hometown). Her article gained tremendous momentum worldwide. She started her fight for the education of girls at that small age and began to speak publicly and to the press, which caused her and her family receive constant death threats.
“I strongly feel that this is a big honour to hundreds of millions of the children who have been deprived of their childhood and freedom and education.” – Mr. Kailash Satyarthi.
“I speak not for myself but for those without voice… those who have fought for their rights… their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated.” – Ms. Malala Yousafzai.
Mr. Santanu Mishra
Co-Founder & Executive Trustee | Smile Foundation
“Whose children we are talking about? Are they not our children? If yes, can we leave them to fend for themselves- defenseless, without care, devoid of any right and privileges? Are not WE, the society (men and women) responsible for introducing them to world? Then, why such apathy? Is it not a crime?
Does it not stir our conscience and provoke us to safeguard our children’s well being- according appropriate status?
Child rights and its accordance is the pillar for nation building, a brighter tomorrow.”
The Right to Education
The father of modern education—John Amos Comenius proposed – “all persons should be educated, so we could have peace in the world”. Visionaries of the world understood that peace meant guaranteeing every person certain rights that are conditional for humanity—education being one of the most important.
The addition of the Right to Education (RTE) in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 was the beginning of a remarkable expansion of educational opportunities around the world. The parliament of India enacted the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE) on August 2009. The same got enforced on April 1st 2010.
As per the act, education is a fundamental right of every child who is between 6 and 14 years old. The act also states that until the completion of elementary education, no child shall be held back, expelled or required to pass a board examination. There is also a provision for special training of school drop-outs to bring them up to par with students of the same age.
As a charity for child rights, Smile Foundation has been providing education to marginalized children in poor rural and urban communities in 25 states of the country. Its flagship programme – Mission Education exemplifies the global struggle for universal education. The programme has succeeded in bringing more than 200,000 children to school since its start in the year 2002.
Underprivileged kids lag at all stages of education. When earning a livelihood and taking care of the members of the family becomes a primary matter of concern in one’s life, education stands a little or, very often, no chance of pursuance. For the millions of underprivileged people in India, education is a high-priced luxury, and this negative outlook continues on with every new generation. Poverty damages childhood with significant effects on a child’s physical and mental health, as well as educational achievement. It limits the expectations of the child’s ability to perform well in school, constantly reminding him/her of the miniscule chance he/she has to overcome adversity and poverty.
With its development interventions that are focused on social welfare of children, Smile Foundation has raised those expectations among the hardest-to-reach children. Recent mark-sheets of the students in all ME centres has shown Smile Foundation primary school students outperforming their peers, with a very high passing rate. Last year, 51% of the total beneficiaries in Mission Education centres across India were girls. Also, 87% of the total eligible students are successfully mainstreamed in private and government schools.
Smile Foundation is a children charity that has been working for children welfare since its inception.
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Child Labour in India Essay in English & Hindi (150, 250, 500 & 1000 Words)
Child labour in India is the hottest topic in the social networking sites nowadays. Each child is a very important asset of any nation in this existing world. They are an asset to this wonderful society where we are living in. The future welfare of the surroundings where we are living in is close to the welfare of children.
They are so important asset to this society, nation because they are the future of the nation.Let us consider they are buds in a garden, our society is a garden and we need to take care of the buds so that one day they become beautiful flowers. These beautiful flowers spread beautiful scent in the garden.
Child labour in India is a socioeconomic problem. It’s not a new phenomenon in our country, India. In the ancient times, Children were required to do work either at home or in the field along with parents.
Child labour is in practice of having many children engaged in economic activity on a part time or full-time basis.This practice is harmful to the children, this may deprive the children of their childhood.
According to the survey of national india census the total number of child labourers who aged between 4 to 15 , to be at 12.6 million,out of a total child population of 253 million in the 5 to 14 age group.In the 2009-10 survey which was conducted nationwide found prevalence of child labour had reduced to less than 2% of children in 5 to 14 age group.In 2011 it was found that the number of child labourers to be at 4.36 million and the total child population was 259.64 million in that age group.
Child Labour Definition
Child Labour is nothing but simply taking away their children from them. It is best defined as the work which deprives them of their own childhood, dignity, their potential dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development . It refers to work that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children.
UNICEF has another definition for child labour.UNICEF in various other reports said”children’s work needs to be seen as happening at exploitative work at one end & beneficial work boosting children’s development without interfering with schooling and rest.
According to indian census 2001, it is defined officially that child labour is the participations of child less than 17 years in any economically productive activity .sometimes they may be given wages, compensation for the activity they have done.
some of activists who fight for the child rights always argue that child labour must include every child who is working without pursuing their respectives schools. In some cases we see that many parents who are gumustas encourage their children to work instead of making them study .
In many of the cases many children are forced to work under the pressure of either parents or else some other person who is incharge or guardian.
The Factories Act of 1948: This act prohibits pre-adults to work under any company or in construction sites etc.
The Mines Act of 1952: The Act prohibits the employment of children below 18 years of age in a mine.
The Child and Adolescent Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act of 1986: The Act prohibits the employment of children below the age of 14 years in hazardous occupations identified in a list by the law. The list was expanded in 2006, and again in 2008. In 2016, the Act was amended (not in force as of 30 July 2016) to prohibit employment of child below 14 years in all occupation (except for helping in non-hazardous family business and of child artists in the entertainment industry and sports). Further, adolescents between 14–18 years will not be allowed to work in hazardous industries and processes.
There is one more act called The Juvenile Justice of Children Act of 2015.This act made child labour as a complete crime which is punishable with prison term for anyone to keep a child in bondage.
Child Labour Consequences
The presence of many children working is to be considered as a serious issues in terms of economic welfare.Many children work and fail to get proper education. In terms of the physical condition of children, children are not ready for long monotonous work because they become exhausted more quickly than adults. This reduces their physical conditions and makes the children more vulnerable to disease.
Children who are working under hazardous conditions are even in worse condition. Children who work, instead of going to school, will remain illiterate which limits their ability to contribute to their own well being as well as to community they live in. Child labour has long term adverse effects for India.
Child Labour Non-governmental organisations
Many National government companies like Bachpan Bachao Andolan, ChildFund, CARE India, Talaash Association, Child Rights and You, Global march against child labour, RIDE India, Childline etc. have been working to permanently remove child labour in India.
Child labour has also been a subject of public interest litigations in Indian courts.
Child Labour Demography
According to the governments of india in 2005, Child labour occurrence rates in india has been and is highest .Tribal populations, however, had higher child labour rates at 3.8%. India has the highest number of children stunted because of malnutrition equivalent to Colombia’s population.According to Save the Children’s ”Stolen Childhoods” report.31 million of children are part of India’s workforce, the highest in the world.
- Illiteracy is the main thing which comes after poverty which makes childrens to do work by parent’s pressure.
- The cultural values of the surroundings.
- lack of awareness about child labour harmful effects.
- High rates of unemployment.
- Every nation in the world made many laws against child Labour and they have made plans to eliminate it.
- All the nation have been signed on and the international law which is ratified was set with the help of ILO.
- If they don’t facilitate children with the required skills the in the future it will become obligatory for future livelihood
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