Prevention of Child Labour, Promotion of Child rights

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It’s every Child’s right to have a joyful childhood and grow up in a safe and nurturing environment with protection and guidance from their guardians. Whether in the cities or in villages, at home or in schools, every child deserves a childhood free from exploitation and abuse. Children are the hope and future of a nation. Yet, there are millions deprived children in our country who have never known a normal, carefree childhood. The problem of child labour is a serious social matter that needs to be addressed sooner. With an officially estimated 4.3 million children engaged in hazardous occupations (2011 Census), India has the largest number of child labourers under the age of 14 in the world. They are employed in many industries and trades, including garments, footwear, brick kilns, stainless steel, hotels, and textile shops.

Many work in export-oriented hazardous industries like carpet weaving, gem polishing, glass blowing, fireworks and matches, brassware, electro-plating, lead mining, stone quarrying, lock making and beedi rolling (indigenous cigarette in which tobacco is rolled in a tendu leaf).There are legislations that have been enacted to prevent child labour in India. Many NGOs across the country are working for elimination of child labour and promotion child rights. Prevention strategies adopted include rescue, relief and rehabilitation interventions designed by NGOs and other actors with education, health, alternative livelihoods.

As a volunteer you will be associated with a community organisation that is involved in: 

  • Special health care programs for children living on the streets,
  • Exposing exploitative child labour practices, and
  • Ensuring children join residential bridge schools and vocational training programs for children above 14 years.
  • Conducting awareness campaigns.
  • Facilitating training and capacity building for the parents and community workers. Prevention/rehabilitation of child labour.
  • Counselling.
  • Conducting surveys, documentations, designing appropriate IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials on child rights will be your assignments as a volunteer.

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Note: Limited projects are available, and most require a minimum application of two months