Ensure child rights, society told

Students take out awareness march for protection of their rights

President of District Child Welfare Committee N T Venkatesh stated that the society which deprives its children of their rights has no future.

He was speaking at an awareness programme about ‘free and compulsory education and
child rights’ here on Tuesday organised jointly by Karnataka State Child Rights Protection Commission, district Legal Services Authority, district administration, zilla panchayat, women and child development department, district child protection centre and NGOs. He pointed out the responsibility of society in protecting child rights.

Citing four main rights of children, he said, right to live, right of protection, right to participation and right to development are essential for their welfare. A pleasant childhood should be ensured to all children.

The need has arisen to fight against the evils attached to childhood like child labour, foeticide, child marriage and child trafficking. Atrocities carried against them should be dealt with an iron hand, he said.

Writer De Javare Gowda said that the world has been a pleasant place to live in only because of children.

Manjula of Distance Education and Instructional Technology department asked the children to be ambassadors of their own rights. She observed that many children are still in dark about their right.  Many are deprived of education, nutrition and other essential aspects in their childhood.

RTE Act

Throwing light on the Right To Education Act (RTE) she said, the act facilitates education in private schools for the weaker section of society.

Director of Rangayana B V Rajaram said, parents should be often reminded about the importance of education. They need to be educated first about the necessity of education.

He called upon students to take up the responsibility to include their friends who are out of school to join one.

Illustrating story of play ‘Tollu Gatti,’ written by T P Kailasam, he said, education alone cannot make children a good citizen. Qualities of love, affection and compassion should be inculcated in them.

Role

President of Karnataka State Child Rights Protection Commission H R Umesh Aradhya mentioned that parents have a vital role to play in providing education to children and it is not the sole responsibility of government.

He asked children to contact the commission directly in case of any problems.
District health and family welfare officer Dr M N Male Gowda, members of child rights protection commission Gubbi R Mukta, Shivaraje Gowda, B S Anuradha and Madhu, deputy director for women and child welfare N R Vijay and others were present.

Earlier students of various schools took out an awareness rally from Command Area development Authority (CADA) office to Jagan Mohan Palace.

Artist fumes at system

Artist K T Shivaprasad probably was annoyed with the promises and awareness programmes regarding the education system in India.

Expressing it in his words, he walked off the dais passing very few but sharp comments. Shivaprasad said, “India was one among the 197 countries which signed a treaty under UNO to provide education to all children from zero to eight years.

It said that the government will take responsibility of getting children educated. But it has not been ratified till now. The country has awakened after 20 years about it and has now come up with the schemes to provide compulsory education.”

He told the children: “Don’t believe in slogans and speeches. Ask questions regarding
your rights.”

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