In this episode of Balya Amulya, Nagasimha G Rao explains the importance of the month of November with respect to children.
It was on November 20th, 1989, that the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. November 14th is also observed as Children’s Day while November 25th is known as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Since all three days fall within its period, November is considered children’s special month.
All around the country, many communities spread awareness about child rights through different events. Many events are conducted in the special ‘Child Rights Week’, like ‘Child Line se Dosti’, plays at the Bal Bhavan, and Child Rights Parliament. Awareness programmes are conducted at schools about girls’ health and the harassment they face. Nagasimha explains the importance of these events along with the history of the dates November 20th and November 25th. He explains details about the usage of the Childline (1098) and the various issues they usually deal with.
He also speaks about the 4 ‘Ps’ of child rights – Prevention, Protection, Provision and Participation. Without prevention, protection will not be useful. People should be aware of the legal punishment for the harassment of female children. According to Nagasimha, children have a better idea of what they need and what they do not need. Hence, their feedback is more important than those of elders.
Schools and colleges also conduct open houses to raise awareness about the Childline, the JJ Act, the Child Labour Act (amended), the POCSO Act and the Right to Education Act.