It is wonderful that CMS Anand Nagar has chosen ‘Child Rights’ once again as the theme for its mega event, Eureka. The fixtures and competitions during the event will increase children’s understanding about their rights but will also stir the conscience of adults.
As minors children do not have autonomy to make decisions for themselves in any known jurisdiction of the world. Instead their adult caregivers, including parents, social workers, teachers, youth workers, and others, are vested with that authority, depending on the circumstances. This state of affairs gives children insufficient control over their own lives and can make them vulnerable.
Millions of children in the world have no access to education, work long hours under hazardous conditions, are forced to serve as soldiers in armed conflict, or languish in institutions or detention centers where they endure inhuman conditions and assaults on their dignity.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states that children and adolescents must be protected from all forms of physical or mental violence, abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation. There is an urgent need to raise awareness on these hair-raising statistics and sensitize the masses towards safeguarding the rights and future of the world’s children.
The experience is bound to enhance the self-esteem of the participating childrenand further develop their personality. I would like to urge schools and teachers to make the most of this opportunity.
I wish Eureka a grand success and warmly welcome all the participants to this meaningful event.