The debate regarding the need for more child welfare programs have resurfaced. The expose and the dropping of three manufacturing units from India by the British clothing giant Primark has led to this debate to resurface. They were reported to have been using child labor in their factories.
Let's not fall into any capitalist clap-trap, like the big companies have been using the cheap labor available in the developing countries. I am not suggesting turning a blind eye to this problem. It's a grave issue that needs to be addressed properly. But let's not divert our attention from the more major issue which is the need for more child development programs.
The question one needs to ask is, why so many children instead of going to school and enjoying the days of childhood, start to work at an early age. The question is age old and so is the answer. It's the economic reason. If you have nothing to eat at home, one would definitely search for the means of livelihood rather than studying. This problem is not new, yet we have not been able to find a solution to this problem.
India is a state of billion people and every year we are adding a population equivalent to the population of Australia. With this rate of increasing child population, it is a requirement that the government of this country needs to develop more child development program. But, it is falling short of its set target, as there are so many to cover under those programs. As a result, those poor children who are not benefiting from the child development programs are taking to work and neglecting their education. It is a normal and natural choice that any person would make for survival. Fire of hunger is really tough to overcome and it destroys all thirst for knowledge.
Wondering and blaming those who are making the most of this situation by using these poor children as laborer for their benefit won't bring any change. We have to come together and work towards establishing education societies for these poor children. The education societies should establish schools where education is provided for free. As well as other basic facilities like food, clothes, books, sports facilities are also made available for free. Until and unless all these support systems of education are made available for free, the parents of the poor children could not be convinced to send their children to schools.
Working for the education of the children should be the target of every child development program because only proper education would empower the children who are coming from financially backward families. This would restore the sense of dignity in them and they too can lead a respectable life.
If you really want to do something constructive, then you must find such charitable organizations which are seriously involved in child development programs. One such organization is Guru Nanak Garib Niwaj Education Society, which is working for the development of poor children.
Sanjeev Jha is a researcher and writer for poor children. He also provides valuable information about Charity, Education Society, Social Service for child development and many more topics.