“The children of today will make the India of tomorrow. The way we bring them up will determine the future of the country.”
Education is the most significant tool in eliminating poverty and unemployment. Moreover, it enhances the commercial scenario and benefits the country overall. So, the higher the level of education in a country, the better the chances of development are. In addition, this education also benefits an individual in various ways. It helps a person take a better and informed decision with the use of their knowledge. This increases the success rate of a person in life. Subsequently, education is also responsible for providing with an enhanced lifestyle. It gives you career opportunities that can increase your quality of life. Similarly, education also helps in making a person independent. When one is educated enough, they won’t have to depend on anyone else for their livelihood. They will be self-sufficient to earn for themselves and lead a good life.
Above all, education also enhances the self-confidence of a person and makes them certain of things in life. When we talk from the countries viewpoint, even then education plays a significant role. Educated people vote for the better candidate of the country. This ensures the development and growth of a nation.
In today's world children face more problems than most adults. Generally, we try to provide our children with the best of facilities and try to fulfill all their needs. But, when it comes to the children living in slum areas and backward regions, we see that they are being deprived of their childhood and the scope of the problems faced by them is much larger.
Some of the major issues faced by children in India are discussed below:
“A child is meant to learn, not to earn.”
Should children and youth be allowed to work at all, or should they concentrate on their studies? We all know what child labour is, right? In simple words, it is a scenario where children are made to work while they should be studying and enjoying their childhood. And to our surprise, India inhabits the largest number of child labourers in the world. The rights of the children are being abused specially in developing countries. Poverty and lack of Social Security and awareness are the major reasons behind this. Poor families need money to survive, and children are a source of additional income.
Most importantly, it affects the mental health of children. Many a time, kids are forced to work tirelessly to earn and get 2 square meals a day. Some parents feel that children should work to develop skills useful in the job market, rather than wasting time in formal education. There is another form of child labour known as bonded child labour which is highly condemned by the Indian court of law.
There are laws made by the Indian government to stop child labour but there is no law to regulate the working conditions of children in most of the employments where they are not prohibited from working and are under exploitative conditions.
The biggest support for children is education and if these kids are provided with that, it can produce great socio-economic results. If only we could eradicate poverty, then only we can curb the stigma of child labour.
We as an NGO,our main focus to spread awareness about the need for education among children and take necessary actions against the employers who hire children to forcefully work under them. We also provide them with food so they don't remain hungry throughout the day. We also distribute study materials to kids who don't get such privileges of going to school.
Although the population in the world is rising rapidly, the survival rate among newborns and infants is drastically low. Many of them die despite the amount of prevention and healthcare. In remote areas, the survival rate is even lower due to the lack of healthcare facilities and social awareness among people. In most cases, the causes of deaths are commonly pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria, and neonatal conditions. These children die at a young age due to the lack of timely and proper vaccination.
In slum areas, lack of sanitation and hygiene is a major threat resulting in the death of children due to several diseases. Also, due to poverty, these people are deprived of access to proper health care for themselves as well as their children. According to the data, most children under the age of 5, dies from preventable and curable diseases.
" Care Well India Trust"spread awareness regarding necessary health issues and their treatments. We also avail medical and health care facilities to those in need for the betterment of society.
In India, a substantial number of children in the age group 2 to 17 years suffer from health problems. Common cold or a runny nose is quite frequent in children. Pneumonia is also prevalent in kids; however, the pneumococcal vaccine is there in the market for its early prevention.
Malnutrition is very common in children living in slum areas. Due to financial constraints, parents are unable to provide a sufficient amount of food to their children which further deteriorates their health. Sometimes, the ignorance of parents leads to children eating non-food items such as mud, resulting in severe health issues. In slum areas, lack of hygiene is a major issue as it can lead to stomach infections, thus making proper sanitization a must.
"Care well India trust" works towards the betterment of society and we conduct various workshops and awareness campaigns to make people aware of the importance of hygiene and the need for timely vaccination among children. We provide free meals to children to solve the hunger problem and you can also do your part by supporting us and donating to this noble cause.
Lack Of Education
In India, less than 50% of children around the age of 6 to 14 years go to school. The condition of a girl child's education is even worse. Even after years of struggle, gender discrimination still prevails in India. More than 50% of girls below the age of 10 are illiterate. The literacy ratio has increased over the years, but the results are still not promising. Basic challenges are being faced by the children in India.
Although primary education is being provided by the Government of India for children ranging between the age of 6 to 14 years free of cost, many families that come below the poverty line in lives in remote and slum areas, cannot afford higher education for their kids. Poverty is the main cause behind their lacking education.
The government has launched several schemes to benefit the children but lack of awareness among the people accounts for the lack of education among children.
Care Well India Trust organizes various awareness programs which help these people in understanding the importance of education and making them aware of their rights. We also provide study material to underprivileged kids so that they can start learning at an early age.
Violence & Abuse Towards Children
Domestic abuse and violence against children are pervasive in many parts of India. Violence can be of any type, may it be sexual, physical, or emotional. Many a time, drunk parents come home and beat their children without any particular reason. In schools too, many teachers still use conventional methods like beating children rather than counseling them. Such exposure can harm a child mentally and can lead to depression. It can hamper a child's development and growth. Children who face such acts of violence tend to become aggressive and are more likely to go on a wrong path such as consuming drugs and other such products.
Cases of sexual abuse are being recorded daily in huge numbers and still, most of them remain unnoticed and unreported. Child marriage is also one of the forms of child abuse.
To stop all this, we as responsible citizens must take some serious steps. Children should be taught self-defense at an early age and should be made aware of their safety rights.
Our NGO organizes several campaigns to spread awareness about such safety issues so that children know what to do when they come across any such act. Whenever we come across any such cases of violence and abuse towards children, we immediately report them to the concerned authorities and you should do the same to make India a safer place for kids.
Disability Among Children
In India, one out of every 10 children are born with some kind of disability, be it mental physical, or sensory disability. Data says that 3/4th of disabled children do not attend schools in India. This number is significantly high. Children with disabilities are considered different than others which are very harsh on them. These kids just want themselves to be treated in the same manner as the other children.
The government has provided them with many provisional benefits to give them opportunities in every aspect of life. There are various schemes launched by the government to benefit such children.
Care Well India Trust launches many awareness campaigns intending to make a change in the world. We all should treat these children with must respect, love and kindness.
“Let us reach out to the children. Let us do whatever we can to support their fight to rise above their pain and suffering.”
So, some major issues faced by children in our country were discussed above but the concern is much bigger than that and we're trying to curb this problem by taking the initiative in the direction of child welfare. The steps taken by the Indian government on this subject matter are commendable. But, we as citizens of India, should also make her valuable contribution in this regard. A small step can make a great change. If you want to bring a change to the lives of these children, Please support the children by clicking on Donate now button below. These children will be forever grateful to you. Your little help can bring a major change in the lives of others and society..