Childhood is a magical time. Full of discovery and innocence, it begins from the time one is born. Even before we learn to walk, we begin our observational journey that marks our initiation into the happenings of the world. >
The rights of children are fundamental in nature. They are associated by birth and continue to be applicable till one moves on into adulthood at the age of eighteen. Rights associated with children aren’t discriminating by nature. They are valid for all children across race, colour, gender, financial condition or location based factors. Equality for all forms the underlying theme here and the aim is to work towards it till every child in this world happens to be treated equally, sans discrimination in any form or manner.
The essential message is equality of opportunity. Girls should be given the same opportunities as boys.
Children are often considered to be the key holders to the future of mankind. It is they that will go onto ensure how the world shapes up a few decades from now. This is why; it becomes unequivocally critical that all children be exposed to an environment full of happiness and love during their formative years. Learning should come at a pace where they are comfortable assimilating it and adulthood must not be forced upon them in any way whatsoever.
Unfortunately, millions of babies die each year, some even before they are born. Gender based pregnancy terminations remain a grim reality and is practiced in many a developing country, India included. The girl child continues to be discriminated against, with most girls receiving significantly lower opportunities for personal and educational growth. Child employment rates too have continued to rise at an alarming rate with emerging nations like China, the Indian sub-continent and others being guilty of such criminal acts.
Essentially every child on this planet is has the right to receive all the help they need to survive. This means that they must be provided with a certain, minimum standard of assistance in terms of nutritional food, health care access, a name and a place where they belong and can call it their home. They have a right to appropriate educational support, leisure activities, recreational facilities and care.
Children need to be protected from exploitative elements, abusive elders and general neglect. There is great need to take care of the young lives around us, for the world is fast turning into a dangerous place. If at all, we are to ensure the future of the human race, it is time; we start to work towards ensuring the safety and progress of our youngest participants.
About The Author CRY UK works with an influential way to protect and promote the rights of children in India. Let us unite together and eradicate the fallacy for underprivileged.