Child Rights and You, India’s leading NGO working on the issue of child rights, launched a nationwide campaign ‘School the Spark’ to address issues related to children’s education, it was announced on July 12.
The campaign, spread over three phases, will focus on the challenges faced by children in accessing their basic right to education. When a child drops out of school, the potential of their abilities remains unexplored. Education ensures that this ‘spark’ in every child is revealed and nurtured further, giving them a platform to shine.
The pan-India campaign will impact the lives of 2,52,293 children in the age group of 6 to 18 years in CRY-supported projects. The first phase of the campaign will ensure that 79,744 children in the age group of 11 to 14 years do not drop out of school and get a chance to recognise, channelise and develop their abilities to their full potential.
Anita Bala Sharad, Director, Resource Mobilisation, CRY, shared, “Thousands of children in India lack access to education and can’t even write their own names. Moreover, children between the ages of 11 to 14 years are hugely vulnerable to dropping out of schools. When a child is able to go to school, it sets off a cycle of positive change. An educated child stays away from an early marriage and is empowered to stand up against abuse and exploitation. As children grow, they are able to make better choices for themselves and influence the communities they live in. This transforms their present life and ensures a secure future for them.”
The campaign kick-starts with a ride for child rights, a 5,000 km Trans-Himalayan cycle ride from Srinagar to Walong, undertaken by Sudipto Pal – a four month-long solo traverse through the Great Himalayan Arc from west to east – to raise awareness about the cause of child education in the country.
Through this campaign CRY calls upon every individual and organisation to recognise the cause and contribute to nurture the spark in every child.
Your support to the CRY campaign, ‘School the Spark’, will help ensure children are not deprived of their right to education. – PRNewswire