There's joy & wonder everywhere when you see the world through the eyes of a childWe couldn’t agree more with this quote. Pure and innocent, children are actually a synonym of unadulterated humanity. They bring us together and build the foundation for the society. India celebrates Children's Day on November 14th every year to honor the little humans, and increase awareness towards the rights, care and education of children.
Almost every country dedicates a day to the children of the world. The motive is not only to express love but actually to work towards the betterment of the children. 20th November is marked as Universal Children’s Day as on this very date in 1959 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and also, adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.
In India, Children’s Day or Bal Divas is celebrated on the 14th of November. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of India who had an immensely strong connect with the children was actually born on this date. He once said that children are the country’s actual strength as they would make developed society in future. The ove and passion Chacha Nehru shared towards child empowerment is the reason we celebrate Children's Day on his birthday anniversary.
There is no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. -Walt Streightiff
Be it the United States, India or any other country, the common motive that drove this day into being is to support the welfare of the children by actions or by dialogues. Both children and adults should be well aware and equipped with the knowledge about a child’s rights.
Every child has the fundamental right to proper health, elementary education, family life, play and recreation, an adequate standard of living and to be protected from any kind of abuse and harm.
While on this day, schools and institutions organize various fun and engaging activities for the kids, they also conduct special sessions and discussion groups for parents because we all need to be well versed with these rights.
This is not just about our child. If we come across any little human being discriminated on the basis of caste, religion or color, dragged into unfair practices like child marriage or child labour, we as citizens should stand against it.
Children's Day Celebration in India
Kindergarten and elementary schools celebrate this day with much zeal. From distributing sweets to giving the children a break from their studies and even organizing picnics as well as interschool cultural events, schools go all out to make this day a memorable one. Many non-profit organizations collaborate with the government to educate the society on the actual significance of this day. Engaging methods like street theatre, graffiti and murals are planned in advance to act as a medium to reach a wider audience network.
While this is just one day, as a society it is our moral duty and obligation to ensure that each child gets an ideal living environment. Children want to be heard, understood, loved and educated to aid their growth and development. Communicating with them can help overcome their fears and differentiate between right and wrong. All they need is a sense of security, love and encouragement. If guided, they will choose a path in life that can make this country great like Chacha Nehru and even the likes of Abdul Kalam always predicted.
Early experiences in a child’s life play a vital role in chiseling their personality. Their talent should be nurtured, good habits should be cultivated and fears should be conquered with proper guidance and care to get them ready for the future.
We all agree that children are the future and only they will shape the world of tomorrow. With the same childlike innocence, selflessness, and an open heart, we can work towards making their today worthwhile.
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