Today marks the 92nd global celebration of International Children’s day for the rights and well-being of the children around the world. The day came about in 1925 when the world community got together in Geneva to talk about the well-being of the children and access to freedom which should be provided. Established by the Women’s International Democratic Freedom, it promotes the idea of protecting children from the all the ill-wills of the society and an access to a better living.
Even though we celebrate the idea globally, there still exists hardships through which these young souls have to go through on a daily basis. Even now, about 4.3 million children find themselves entrapped in day-to-day child labour instead of going to schools. On the other hand, another 9.8 million are officially not enrolled in academic institutions despite education being one of the sustainable development goals of the Millennium as declared by United Nations. It not only further perpetuates illiteracy but also poverty, which is the root causes of organised crimes such as terror, human trafficking, and drug mafia.
Every year on 1st of June, many of the countries create awareness regarding the issues affecting children and propagate the idea of child welfare and rights. For instance, in Ukraine, there are communities which hold baby races wherein babies crawl till the finish line. Cambridge organises a fancy dress competition with parachute play and sports. On the other hand, Bulgaria displays a musical parade encouraging children to play instruments.
Well, where this day stands as an epitome of worldwide fraternity and understanding, there is a need to peep into the degenerating situation of the children. This can be done by the educators of today who can provide great opportunities and strong foundation leading these marginalised children to the path of success.
Keeping this in mind, recently the Government of India raised the age of employment in hazardous occupations from 14 to 18 years. The decision will have a long-lasting impact on the children living in the peripheries and subjected to exploitative conditions. It is true that a nation cannot overcome and alter the circumstances overnight but it is possible to achieve great reforms by putting a step forward in singularity and securing a better living for the young souls out there, in whose hands the strings of the country’s future lie.