Everyone reminisces about their childhood. Those simple times when all was well with the world and nothing could go wrong! Today is Jawaharlal Nehru's birthday, the day India celebrates as Children's Day. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was very fond of children, and worked towards their betterment by establishing educational institutions, and free meal programmes to help the malnourished children. He always kept them close to his heart and was usually called by them as “Chacha Nehru.” Children’s Day is celebrated to create awareness among the people of India in grooming the children of the nation in the right manner, so that they grow up to be responsible citizens who will contribute towards the progress of the nation. It is our duty to provide them the basic necessities like education, nutrition, protection and security.
Mankind owes to children the best that it has to give. Following are the common rights of the children which they must get:
- Children must be the first to receive aid in times of distress.
- The child must be given proper care and love by the parents and/or family.
- Children should get healthy food, security, and clean clothes.
- Children should get proper and good level of education.
- Children should be provided special care when disabled or sick.
- The child must be given proper requisite for its normal development, both materially and spiritually.
- Children must be protected against every form of exploitation; they should get a healthy environment where they can feel safe at home, school or any other place.
Children are the valued asset of the nation as well as future and hope of tomorrow; hence they should get proper education. Education is the road that children follow to reach their ambition in life. Education forms the foundation of your child’s success. Schools play an important role in moulding a nation's future by facilitating all round development of its future citizens. Children’s day celebration reminds us about the importance of children in the country, society and family. Children’s day also reminds us about other children — children who have nothing to eat, who are abused, or trafficked. Let us remember them and try to do even just one small thing to help alleviate these world problems. It is essential to nurture children so that they grow up to be good human beings and help in building a stronger nation.
In schools, Children’s day is celebrated by the students and teachers with great excitement. Various cultural programmes are organised with lots of activities performed by the kids. School buildings are decorated with colourful paints, bright balloons and other decorative materials. Children participate in the activities like singing songs in English and other regional languages, poem recitation, sports, drama, indoor and outdoor games, dance, national songs, speech, essay writing etc. to remember Chacha Nehru’s great works for the country. The celebration takes its own form through the chanting of national songs and performances of stage short dramas. Let us together join our hands and pledge to protect the present and future of our country’s leaders to make it a beautiful nation.