Lok Sabha Elections 2019: NGO’s working for child rights launch election charter
The core of those demands, which the NGOs want included in the manifestos of political parties, is the right to education and rights of childrenUpdated: Mar 16, 2019 14:57 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
India’s three largest non governmental organisations (NGOs) involved with child rights — Campaign against Child Labour, Right to Education Forum and Right to Early Childhood Development Alliance — have begun a national campaign to make known a joint charter of demands aimed at political parties competing in this year’s Lok Sabha polls.
The core of those demands, which the NGOs want included in the manifestos of political parties, is the right to education and rights of children.
Sushant Sonune, coordinator, Action for the rights of the child, an NGO allied with movement, said, “We have 13 demands to support children. This was done in order to influence the coming elections. Will be distribute our demands to MLAs and MPs so that it can be added to party manifestos for the elections.”
The launch of the manifesto for the election happened on Friday in the city and Sonune said, “We will make it a point that the coming government provides us with solutions and resolves all issues related to children and their education.”
According to Manish Shroff, convenor Campaign against Child Labour, the charter will demand that government schools being closed down in zilla parishads remain open.
“Also, there are many schools which are still known to violate the RTE act. This needs to be fixed. The government needs to have an implementation of a continuous comprehensive education programme which is not happening,” he added.
Other demands include: School management committee should include parents; ensuring a safe environment for children in schools ; and the education budget should be increased.
Right to education
According to Manish Shroff, convenor Campaign against Child Labour, the charter will demand:
Age of children under right to education (RTE) to be changed. It is currently between the ages of 6 and 14. It should be increased from birth to 18 years.
Yearly survey of drop outs or missing children who just disappear from schools. Nobody knows the exact number. Government needs to have a strong data we demand.
Fill vacant positions of teachers in all government schools
Section 3 in the child labour act, which allows children to work and participate in a family business, should be scrapped.
First Published: Mar 16, 2019 14:57 IST