Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
- John F. Kennedy
The 14 of November is celebrated as Children’s Day all over India. It happens to be the birthday of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru , the first Indian Prime Minister. He was very fond of children and children loved him too. As a sign of affection, children call him Chacha Nehru (Uncle Nehru). The day emphasises the significance of showing love and affection to children and protecting them.
Educational institutes mark the occasion by conducting events and programmes that showcase the talents of students and emphasise the importance of children for the bright future of India. As a gesture of affection towards children, teachers take to the stage and perform for the students.
Children’s day reminds the adult world that children are the future and a day to renew our commitment and duty towards the wellbeing of the children. In the same breath, it must be added that the occasion calls on the adults to be inspired by the qualities of children - to live peacefully, forgivingly and truthfully.
The success of the nation lies on the shoulders of the younger generation. Therefore it is essential to inculcate integrity, loyalty, hard work, discipline and a great sense of humanity in them. Children who have a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and a positive outlook towards life are the key to a brighter, stronger and united India.
On this day, Alpha Porur School reiterates and stresses on the rights of children and it is crucial that adults do their best to follow and protect it:
Children have the right to:
- be looked after by parents and family
- have healthy food
- good education
- live with dignity
- be protected from all sorts of violence
- freedom of expression
- freedom of information
- learn and play
- all forms of development –emotional, mental and physical
“There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their safety and rights are respected, that their welfare is respected, that their lives are free from fear and that they grow in peace.
- Kofi Annan