LACK OF AWARENESS IN DELHI – SURVEY CONDUCTED BY CRY HINDUSTAN TIMES CAPITAL COULDN’T CARE LESS ABOUT CHILD LABOUR One third of Delhi feels it's okay to make children work long and hard like adults. Find that shocking? There's more. Fifty per cent of the city's population thinks children should be paid lesser than adults. The disturbing findings are part of a study conducted by Child Rights and You (Cry), an NGO, in central and New Delhi districts last month to assess the awareness and attitudes among people on child labour issues. The study interviewed 350 respondents comprising owners of small eateries, auto repair workshops and garages. The findings revealed an alarmingly low level of awareness and knowledge on child rights and child labour issues in these two districts. About half of Delhi said they know children in their locality who had left school and were now engaged in some kind of work. "The idea behind the study was to assess people's perception and attitude towards child labour. It revealed not only an appalling lack of awareness but also insensitivity on the part of potential employers of child labour," said Vijaylaxmi Arora, director, CRY. About 31% of the respondents, Arora said, were ignorant about any law in the country against child labour. She said the government should step up enforcement if it wants to prevent child labour. "At present, it is clearly not the priority of policy makers," she said.
HINDUSTAN TIMES HAPPINESS UNLIMITED Countless smiles and hopeful hearts turned Friday evening into a day full of happiness for many people. As a part of the Hindustan Times You Read, They Learn initiative, a special programme was organised at Dilli Haat INA for the beneficiary kids. The event also gave our readers a chance to interact with these children and know more about the initiative. At the event, kids from the NGOs Pratham and CRY were entertained by puppeteers Manish and Mahesh from The Puppet Studio. The duo presented two childhood tales in their act, titled, The 2 Man Show. “We wanted to come out with something that the kids would enjoy, hence we chose the iconic tale of the lion and the mouse, among others,” said Manish. The puppet show was followed by a street play titled Abhi Ek Muskaan Baki Hai by volunteers from CRY. It threw light on issues such as child labour and the right to education. “The play is based on real life incidents,” said Deepanshu Gupta, 19, an actor. The vibrant performances even compelled visitors at Dilli Haat to stop by. “I feel proud that even I have contributed to the education of these kids in some way,” said Seema Narang, a visitor. The show concluded with an act by the kids on the song, Jai Ho, from the film Slumdog Millionaire. RAJ K RAJ CRY BRINGS A SMILE ON UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN’S FACES BY ORGANISING PUPPET SHOW IN DELHI
HINDUSTAN TIMES CRY TO END CHILD LABOUR GETS LOUDER; FIGHT GOES ONLINE Asking the government to adopt a zero tolerance policy on child labour, volunteers of Child Rights and You (CRY) will launch an online campaign, asking people to post pictures of minor children who are being used as labour. On World Day against Child Labour, 30-odd volunteers voiced their demands through a play, 'Abhi Ek Muskaan Baki Hai' at India Habitat Centre (IHC), throwing light on the current situation of child labourers in the city. The volunteers urged people to send their children to school and asked the government to raise the age limit of a child to 18 years, which stands at 14 in the existing Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act 2006, enabling more avenues to study than work. "India has the highest number of child labourers in the world. We at CRY follow the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which defines every human being in the age group of 0 to 18 years as a child, who is entitled to the right to education, nurturing and protection, as opposed to a childhood of work," Soha Moitra, director of CRY. As part of the Treat Rights campaign, volunteers will visit various restaurants across the city, asking the owners to take a pledge against employment of children. VOLUNTEERS LAUNCH ON LINE CAMPAIGN TO ERADICATE CHILD LABOUR IN DELHI
"These children are not working only because of poverty but also because they provide cheap labour. Our society needs to be made aware about the child labour laws. They need to understand that there is no difference between our children and those working as child labour. We need to boycott all products where child labour is involved," said Shantha Sinha, chairperson of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR). Emphasising on the crucial role of rehabilitation Bharti Sharma, ex- chairperson of Child Welfare Committee said: "Rehabilitation should not be limited to the child only but should extend to the entire family, only then will the situation improve."
PRIMARY EDUCATION DENIED IN DELHI DUE TO LACK OF TEACHERS- CRY SURVEYS
CRY SURVEY REVEALS THE CONDITION OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS IN DELHI
A Day at "Roorkee School For The Deaf" On April 25th, 2012, CRY Student Chapter IIT Roorkee organized its first ever event. The day-long event was organized for children of Roorkee School For The Deaf, IIT Roorkee and comprised of drawing competition followed by screening of some animated movies. VOLUNTEERS ORGANISED ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FOR SPECIAL CHIDREN IN IIT- ROORKEE
Recently CRY opened RTE Booths at two of its GeoPAGs located at Dakshinpuri and Dwarka. These centers (also known as CACs) will be functional twice a month at both places. On the opening day itself these centers witnessed a lot of community involvement and complaints from people, as evident from following statistics: Dakshinpuri CAC Opening day (27th March 2012 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm) statistics: (a) Total participation – over 200 (b) Complaints received – 5 CRY OPENS TWO NEW RTE BOOTHS IN DELHI
Dwarka CAC Opening day (30th March 2012 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm) statistics: (a) Total participation – over 100 (b) Complaints received – 2 CRY OPENS TWO NEW RTE BOOTHS IN DELHI
CHILD LABOUR EXPOSED BY CRY VOLUNTEERS IN MUMBAI
Click Rights Photo Exhibitions Since 17th Dec 2011, under guidance of Ms. Violet Barman, a professional photographer, CRY Delhi Volunteer Group has started using Click Rights to draw attention of goverment towards poor conditions of MCD schools. This is done by putting up photo exhibitions at public places. Overall process followed for a typical photo exhibition is - firstly, CRY volunteers go out to click photographs showing poor conditions of MCD schools; secondly, the phographs clicked by the volunteers are displayed in a photo exhibition at some public place of high footfall; thirdly, public visiting the exhibition is requested to sign a petition, which requests government to improve the conditions. Success of the effort is evident from the fact that till now we have around 6000 signatures to support our petition to government for improvement of conditions of MCD schools. We hope that this huge public support will help us achieve our goal of ensuring proper infrastructure for children studying at MCD schools VOLUNTEERS ORGANISE PHOTO EXHIBITION TO SHOWCASE THE POOR CONDITIONS OF GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS
CRY VOLUNTEERS IN NEWS PROMOTING GIRL CHILD EDUCATION ALL OVER INDIA