Celebrated on November 14 every year, Children’s Day commemorates the birth anniversary of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. This special day is dedicated to increasing awareness about the rights, care and education of children. It is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country, especially in schools.
But can we really say that every child in the country is blessed with positive childhood experiences? Unfortunately, this is not the case. Children belonging to the disadvantaged groups and economically weaker sections of the society often miss out on opportunities that could shape their future and give them a better life.
This Children’s Day, let’s come together and pledge to do our bit to ensure that India soon sees a day when every child is safe, healthy and receives good quality education.
Here is how you can make this children’s day special!
Experience the joy of sharing! Go through your stuff and look for items (stationery, books, clothes etc) that you don’t really use any longer and will be happy to give them away. However, you need to make sure that the items you are about to donate are in good condition. Search for NGOs where you can donate these things.
You may also get in touch with local organizations working for children, ask them what they require and contribute accordingly.
A number of national and international organizations that work in this field offer online platforms where you can contribute towards a children’s health and nutritional requirements, education and other needs.
As they say, the best gift you can give a person is your time! If it is possible for you to spare a few hours one or two days a week, this Children’s Day is the perfect occasion to start volunteering.
Look for teaching based volunteering programs running in your city. Just a few hours a week is all you need to do your bit to ensure our country has a brighter future! Every step counts!
Put your income to some good use and pledge to sponsor a child’s education this Children’s Day. Perhaps your domestic help’s children want to go to school but can’t due to financial issues? Or maybe there is a kid in your neighborhood who had to discontinue his education due to financial issues? Ask your friends/family members if they know a deserving candidate.
There are a number of organizations that work in the area of children’s education and accept donations and contributions. All you have to do is spare a fixed amount every month.
4. Create Awareness
Children belonging to economically weaker sections often lag behind owing to lack of awareness. The parents are often unaware about the various schemes and provisions that can help their children get a fair shot at a brighter future.
Find out whether there are such families in or near your area and speak to them. Tell them about the options and provisions available to them (for e.g RTE Section 12 (1) (c)) and tend to their queries.
This year, let’s do our bit to ensure it is a happy Children’s Day indeed!