According to a recent news report, India accommodates more than 30 percent of approximately 385 million children living in absolute poverty. These kids are leading a life where there is no education, no proper houses, lack of sanitation facilities and even absence of food and safe drinking water. Moreover, in a developing country like India, where the population is growing at a fast pace, the problem is becoming worse. Due to financial deficits, the country is failing to provide education to every child. Even while schools are being built in spite of the lack of funds, the dropout rate is still high with almost 8.1 million children between ages 6-14 years are out of school.
The issue of inclusion of these children into the mainstream society, especially where they can build a future for themselves is far more complex than just illiteracy. The lives of these children are complex and woven with difficulties, both social and psychological.
The lives of these children are complex and woven with difficulties, both social and psychological.
Teaching these kids just a subject, just an art or just a skill is not enough. It is about providing them with all three. An academic lesson will add to their knowledge, a skill to their wisdom. Art is the tool through which a connection can be formed with them. A combination of these three will make them learn broader lessons and provide holistic development. Such efforts will not only present them with opportunities but also influence their thinking and actions. It will teach them the value of communication and discipline and might even result in changing destructive deep thought processes.
But this cannot be done just by breezing in and out of their lives. That’s when the role of organizations like CRY (Child Rights and You) comes into place. CRY is committed to ensuring that every child has a happy, healthy and creative childhood. Over the course of 40 years, CRY has made children and their rights a priority. These include ensuring children have access to free and quality education, primary healthcare and are safe from violence, abuse, and exploitation. They have also worked towards reducing the rate of child malnutrition and ensuring that children’s voices are heard loud and clear.
Organizations like these with the efforts of active individual participation will make sure that these kids have an equal chance at a brighter and safer future. Only by knowing who these kids are, where they come from and then imparting knowledge and skills to them, we can bring a change in their lives, a positive and long due change.
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