Jyoti Basu Memorial Foundation Takes A Stand Against Child Labour
- Eradicate Child Labour, Educate The Future -
News Desk, News Nation 360: A non-profit and non-political social organization, Jyoti Basu Memorial Foundation, flagged off a campaign to create awareness in the city on eradicating child labour on the eve of World Day Against Child Labour, led by its Founder, Rakhi Basu in the presence of Danseuse Alokananda Roy and Ace Designer
Sarbari Dutta. To mark the 100 years of advancing social justice and promoting decent work, Jyoti Basu Memorial Foundation decided to start a campaign on spreading awareness in the entire city on eradicating child labour, on letting the children spend their childhood learning and playing instead of working to earn their living. Carrying the wish forward of Late Shri Jyoti Basu, his daughter in law, Ms Rakhi Basu has been working untiringly for the betterment of children and women in the city. After working towards arranging education classes for the lesser privileged children in the slums and celebrating the festivities as the season of giving among children and
women of slum areas, she has now taken an initiative to make the city child labour free with the message Let Education Be The Wings To Their Dream! Eradicate Child Labour, Educate The Future. On this occasion, Rakhi Basu, Founder, Jyoti Basu Memorial Foundation told India has 33 million child labourers between the age of 5-18. The types of child labour have changed in recent years due to the enforcement of legislation, awareness amongst buyers about child exploitation, and international pressure. Child labour is now more invisible because the location of the work has changed from the more formal setting of factories to business owners’ homes. There has also been an increasing involvement of children in the home-based and informal sectors. Children are engaged in manual work, in domestic work in family homes, in rural labour in the agricultural sector including cotton growing, at glass, matchbox and brass and lock-making factories, in embroidery, rag-picking, beedi-rolling, in the carpet-making industry, in mining and stone quarrying, brick kilns and tea gardens amongst others. Other than poverty, family’s economic circumstances and high rates of adult unemployment, the most important reason is lack of access to basic and meaningful quality education and a lack of awareness about the harmful effects of child labour. Education is key to preventing child labour and has been one of the most successful methods to reduce the number of child workers in India. People should employ adults and give the children the opportunity to go to school, learn and play.
Report: Anustup Kundu