â€œThe best way to
make children good is to make them happyâ€â€¦ Oscar Wilde
WORLD DAY AGAINIST CHILD
above quoted line by a famous poet and author Oscar Wilde is very true, as children
are the future of the world. However, in present world there is growing concern
about the children, who instead of being in schools or at play are being forced
to work so that they can survive. Instead of pen to write with and toys to play
with they are given tools to work and make a living. This has given birth to a
gruesome social evil called child labour.
child labour has eaten vitals of our society. The children are seen as cheap
working machines. They are either too young to work or are involved in
activities that are hazardous to their physical, mental, social or educational
are seen working as conductors or vendors crying at their highest pitch. They
are seen working in factories and industries. They are seen in black coffins while
working in coal mines. They are forced to work as drug suppliers. They are
forced to illegal practices of prostitution and trafficking. Nowadays, they are
trained how to beg and earn for their masters.
ill fate is that they are forced to work for extra hours and are ill paid. They
are crushed. Their distress can be well understood by relating their fate to
these lines of Faiz Ahmad Faiz, translated by Naomi Lozard as When Autumn Came:
their ebony bodies naked
It shook out
over the ground
trample them out of shape
Poverty is indeed the main
reason for the child labor. Because of this children are forced to left their
school and opt for menial jobs to support their families for their livelihood. Parents
prefer their child to become an earning hand and damn care about their
education. They make a living out of their suffering. The painful lamentation
of a child, who is forced by his poor parents to work, can well be understood by
quoting William Blake:
They (parents) think
they had done me no wrong,
Who made up a heaven of our
lines highlight the pain and agony experienced by the children who are forced
to work, sometimes under too severe and harsh conditions.
put an end to this menace International Labour Organization (ILO), in 2002, announced
12th June as a World Day Against Child Labour. In a way 12th
June came as a noble gift for thousands of such children whose ebony bodies
were stripped naked by the evil of child labour.
day aims to shed light on the problems of the child labor, highlighting the
need to defeat any form of economic exploitation of child.
day not only focuses on the suitable environment required for the children to
grow and prosper but also provide an opportunity to gain support from
government, civil society, schools, youth and media to participate in the
campaign against child labor. So, this day indeed is a noble gift for such
it should be borne in mind that mere celebration of this day every year cannot help
children who are still groaning under this evil. The aim of this day is to end
all those means which hamper the physical and mental development of children.
It is our responsibility in particular, to work for the end of this evil. It
should be the motive of every single individual of the world to raise voice
against this menace wherever encountered. Only then this day will prove a noble
gift for the victimized children.
pledge to bless their withered bodies with passion and make their dead veins
flow with blood again.
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