‘World Day against Child Labour’ observed in Nagaland

DIMAPUR, JUN 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/12/2019 12:18:27 PM IST

Along with the rest of the world, Community Educational Centre Society (CECS) observed “World Day against Child Labour”, here on June 12, supported by Wipro Cares, under the International Labour Organization (ILO) theme “Children shouldn’t work in fields, but on dreams!” 

The event organised by CECS was launched with a poster campaign and awareness programme at Dimapur taxi stand, railway station, auto stand, Eros lane and Golaghat road, where children along with staff while pasting posters, also sensitized general public on evils of child labour, joint effort to prevent any form of child labour and to protect children from all forms of exploitation. Through the event, CECS as an organisation, advocating for child rights and child protection, aims to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour in any form. 

The campaign included around 50 marginalized children from various centres of Informal Education for Marginalized Children (IEMC), implemented by CECS, along with volunteers and CECS staff. 

Another programme was also organised at Community Education Centre (CEC) School, Grace Colony Nagarjan, where ADC Dimapur, Sharon Longchari, graced the occasion. 

In her speech, she stressed on the prevailing scenario of child labour in Naga society and the state as a whole, whereby, despite huge changes and developments taking place, status of child labour has not changed and continues to exist. She asserted on the necessity to teach and train children on life skills for their future, however added that there should be a line drawn when there is violation of child rights. 

She acknowledged CECS for the hard work in pioneering issues related to child labour over the years and providing children the opportunity and privilege for a better life. 

She further said that government, NGOs, stake holders, individuals etc have been working tirelessly to address the issue of child labour and hence urged every individual to collectively work together in eliminating child labour from the society. 

ADC also handed over the donations received from Future Group/Big Bazaar/SKC Foundation Mumbai, as part of CSR activity, to around 700 children from various IEMC centres. Director, CECS, Subonenba Longkumer, delivered the key note address, where he said that CECS since 2005 through its formal and non-formal educational programmes has reached out to over 2000 children and through IEMC programme, a total of 893 children mainstreamed into formal education in a period of four years. 

Earlier, the programme was chaired by teacher, CEC school Kedilung, and programme officer CECS, Toshi Aier, delivered vote of thanks. Special performances by children from various IEMC Centres were some of the highlights of the programme.  (Staff Reporter)

DLSAs: District Legal Services Authority (DLSAs) in the state advocated against child labour through programmes on legal awareness and activities with Legal Literacy Club (LLCs).

Kohima: In Kohima, the DLSA incentivized LLC members of Composite Government High School, Nerhema (model) and Chandmari Government High school on Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation), Act 1986, POCSO Act, Right to Legal Services. A documentary on POCSO Act was also displayed to the students. Altogether, 163 students including teaching staffs attended the programme. 

Phek: Phek DLSA in collaboration with district level centre for women- Mahila Shakti Kendra Phek town council hall observed the event with LLC members and frontal NGOs. 

Mezivolu T Therieh, chairperson, Phek DLSA stressed on children being employed as domestic helper in Nagaland and stated that the child labour (prohibition and regulation) act 2016 prohibits employment of children below 15 years as domestic helpers.  Meshusayi, CDPO, Social Welfare department, Phek spoke on social welfare scheme for children below the age of 14 years and stated the disability pension scheme for children below 14 years can be availed at their office. Vilenou  Kapu,  women welfare officer,  district level centre for women- Mahila Shakti Kendra, Phek,  spoke on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and underscored the importance of  education and participation of the girl child. Nusakho Cheiro, associate pastor, Phek town Baptist Church, encouraged the organisers to use church as a platform to create more awareness. Around 115 beneficiaries attended the programme.

Mon: DLSA Mon organized an awareness programme at Green Valley School Mon where theme speaker Seyielienuo chief judicial magistrate, Mon opined that letting children to work in hazardous spaces should be discouraged and eradicated to enable children especially below 14 years to learn in conducive environment with rights being entitled to them. The programme was chaired by Moba panel lawyer. Short speech was delivered by Chetri head master Green Valley. Altogether 180 students participated.

Zunheboto: ZDLSA along with Sakhi-One Stop Centre Zunheboto observed the event with the students & teachers of Shovishe Memorial High School, Zunheboto at EBRC hall, Project Colony. Keynote address was delivered by Wokono Yhoshü secretary & JMFC Zunheboto and short speech was delivered by Kughavi Yepthomi, headmaster, SMGHSZ. Alovini Yeptho, centre administrator of Sakhi-One Stop Centre, Zunheboto highlighted the functioning of the centre and services provided in different levels to the target group of people accessing to one stop at the district level.  Nagaholi K Awomi panel lawyer, ZDLSA explained the provisions of the Prohibition of Child Labour Act, 1986 for the safeguard of the affected children and their rights, enumerating the safety of the children engaged in different levels of work. Tovi Z Yeptho, PA spoke on laws relating to children. 

Peren: Peren DLSA observe campaigned at Lamhai/Dungki village. Keynote address was given by Somet C Chang, secy, Peren DLSA. Asuni panel lawyer spoke on RTE, Italang panel lawyer spoke on the prohibition of child labour, Indeu panel lawyer spoke on RTI. 

Tuensang: TDLSA observed the day at Govt. High School Chaba Tuensang. In this school most of the students were either domestic helpers or staying at relative’s place and as such it was necessary to sensitise and spread awareness about the laws available to safeguard and protect the rights of children. Altogether 84 students attended the seminar.

Wokha: Wokha observed in collaboration with Police Baptist Church Wokha. Zupenthung Ngullie, pastor Police Baptist Church Wokha chaired the programme. LLC Government Higher Secondary School Wokha presented NSLSA theme song. Advocate Shanchobeni P Lotha spoke on Child Labour Prohibition & Regulation Amendment Act 2016, NSLSA (Child friendly legal services to children and their protection Scheme 2015). 

Longleng: Anti-Child Labour Day was observed in Longleng at Mount Carmel School, organised by Sakhi-One Stop Centre (OSC), Longleng. 

According to DIPR report, the counsellor of Sakhi-OSC, Nyangyungsangla Phoms spoke on the significance of anti-child labour day and emphasized on various international child rights and constitutional rights of the children. 

C Henchem Phom, centre administrator highlighted the functioning of Sakhi-OSC, women centric issues and rights, while women welfare officer of Mahila Shakti Kendra (MSK) appraised the gathering of various support and assistance for women under the MSK & Beti Bachao Beti Padao. Earlier, programme was chaired by B Bauom Phom, IT staff OSC, welcome note delivered by headmistress of the school and students presented a special number.

SCMI (Zone-II), Childline and Chasing Hope: Street play programme on “World Day against Child Labour” was jointly organised by Student Christian Movement of India (Zone-II), Childline and Chasing Hope at Super Market and City Tower on June 12. The main aim of the street play was to create awareness on child labour and child abuse.

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