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Salaam Bharat - Baalhans

Children rights (health, education, environment etc): The under mentioned data suggests the miserable condition of children in India which needs to be improved as they are the future of the Country.

  • 50% children have no education.
  • 80% students drop out due to inaccessible schools.
  • 22% children in the workforce.
  • 44% children working as house helpers.
  • 32% children suffered sexual abuse.

We've the philosophy that the only way to make lasting change happen is to adopt what we call the 'child rights approach'. Stripped of all jargon, what this entails is:

  • first, looking at children's issues in their entirety, rather than through the narrow prisms of education, health, child labour, child abuse, foeticide/infanticide etc
  • then, seeking the underlying root causes of the deprivation-gender, caste, livelihoods, displacement and the like
  • and finally, mobilising each local community to find long-term solutions to these problems by ensuring the relevant laws and policies that guarantee their rights are actually implemented
Partnering NGOs and communities across India over the past three decades, Salaam Bharat has conclusively proven that sustainable change is possible. But only when communities have the information and the motivation to come together to fight for their children's rights. That child rights cannot be ensured unless families have their livelihoods assured. That more critical than economic input is governance.

The way the world looks at children today is not the way it always did. Children have, at various points in history and in various cultures, been looked at as 'adults-in-waiting,' 'savages in need of taming,' 'blank slates for adults to write on,' and so on. Even today, society's perception of children differs from culture to culture, as does the definition of childhood itself. While children have always been valued, it is only towards the end of the last century that childhood has been looked on as valuable in itself. And it has only been since 20 November 1989, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), that the world's children have benefited from one commonly recognized set of rights.

 

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