New Delhi, Nov 5 (UNI) The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has directed all district magistrates to launch a campaign to make children aware of their rights.
In a letter addressed to District Magistrates, NCPCR Chairperson Shanta Sinha asked district magistrates to mark Bal Diwas on November 14 by having direct interaction with children in schools, hostels, orphanages, juvenile observation homes, children's homes and all other public institutions to make them aware of their rights. They should involve local public persons, NGOs and other friends of children in the celebrations.
Ms Sinha said that to make the celebrations of 'Children's Day' more meaningful, arrangements should be made to read out the articles from the UN Convention on the Child Rights which emphasise that all children have rights no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability or whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.
Children should be made aware that they have the right to give their opinion, and for adults to listen and take it seriously. They have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated in body or mind. Children with disablity have the right to special education and care so that they could live a full life.
Moreover, they have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay well. Poor and needy children also have the right to help from the Government. They have the right to food, clothing, a safe place to live and to have their basic needs met.
All children have the right to a good quality education, Ms Sinha pointed out and asked magistrates to encourage children to go to school to the highest level. They also have the right to play and rest and protection from work that harms them, bad for their health and education. Children should be made aware about their right to protection from any kind of exploitation.
Emphasising that children have the right to know about their rights while adults must know them, she directed the district magistrates to hold essay writing, elocution and drawing competitions on children's perspectives on child rights. All schools and related institutions should be encouraged to forward the prize winning essay, drawings, poems and any other material to NCPCR Chairperson who would compile them for larger circulation.