Happy Universal Children’s Day 2015

Today is universally celebrated as Children’s day. Thanks to UN who (other than most times) simplifies dates across countries into one easy-to-remember.

So, what is the importance of this day? and how do we celebrate?

As per UN, The date 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.

For most readers who aren’t children any more (like me) may do have a question about what today is about and how adults could participate their bit in.

For parents, well, there is no excuse to miss it. However, young singles and grown-ups alike may have a good reason to wonder.

Wiki says, Universal Children’s Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination.

So, the best (unaware people like us) can do this year, is get aware about what’s happening to children around the globe and your locality.

Hunt for problems today’s children are facing in our society. And once you understand the root cause, may be you can find a better position in how well you may provide assistance for alleviating it.

Wikipedia says, Currently there are about 153 million (15 Crores) children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are forced into child labour.

Child labour is a serious concern. Mr. Modi, who is the current prime minister of India, self-claims (and self-boasts) to be a victim of child labour. He started earning money in his mid-childhood as a Tea vendor in his father’s shop. Ethics come into play, law alone may fall too short to define it. For instance, I have myself occasionally fell into dilemma on how to confront a child working at a tea / cycle repair shop. Whether to fight with the owner, or fight with child. Fight – an in appropriate word, but when thought upon, isn’t child labour alleviation itself a fight.

Ethics come into play, and even when after being correct at intuitions, we are left to ponder over-again with second thoughts subliming our consciences into what to-do and what-not.

Child labour is a global societal issue. It is complex problem, where a child may be willingly/unwillingly agree to work (in most scenarios, its willingly) perhaps due to the failing economic condition in her/his family.

In our capacity, one may try and establish contact with local NGOs/CBO (Non-government Organisation / Community-Based Organisation) to find the status of Children in your locality.

Issues, big or small, may require different approaches in different regions and beliefs, and hence taking help from local NGOs would prove helpful.

Donation is one small form of help. Look forward to your participation on how one could use their skills and presence to address the causes.

Similar to child labour, other related-cluster issues are – Child education, Poverty, drudgery, Child Trafficking, Begging, Molestation, Under-nourishment, abuse, sanitation etc.,

So pledge today (and in case you come across this some day, then too you may) to find at least one “addressable” issue that children are facing in your locality (the place you stay/work)

If you ask me, have I?

The answer is no; and I have several lay excuses to support that.

Take your time, make aware, the push will come automatic to surface up a solution. Least-but put efforts together.

Thank you for your time 🙂

Keep riding!

 

 

 

 

 

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GreenRideBikers

The original purpose of this blog was promoting city cycling and popularizing urban green belt corridors, which it did for it's first one and a half year, since the year of it's launch - 2014. Now-a-days, that is, since the last two years, I haven't been city commuting on my bike, thanks to my city earning the world's most air polluted region title. And thanks to the redesigning of City roads, those are forked under construction since last six months, loosing a green cover of a whooping 9,100+ trees and the rising construction dust hazards. And lastly thanks to El nino of 2015 and El nina of 2016. I don't know if I have missed any other reason. The theme of the blog, hence, changed, into a bit of my own ramblings covering topics, such as - my travel blogging, Social issues in India, Climate change & biodiversity conservation.

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