What is this Child Waiting For?
For 35 years, the Baikaria community in the Godda district of Jharkhand, India, didn’t know that the shell in their village was a school, because no teacher ever came. But it’s every child’s right to learn.
Despite India’s growing global talent, half its children (60 million) are not in primary school. They’re too poor, or too busy working.
CRY America and Society for Advancement in Tribes, Health, Education, Environment [SATHEE], our project partner in India, believe that child rights is linked to the rights of the community, and hence mobilized the entire Baikaria village to successfully stand up for its rights.
Keep your faith in us and soon every child will be in school and educated.
To see the photo essay of CRY’s educational work in Baikaria click here.
What can you do?
Advocacy, simply put is to ‘amplify voice. At CRY, being a Child Rights advocate means – to amplify the voice of children. Too many millions of India’s children are still denied the simple joys of childhood, love, protection and so often life itself. And for any change on a significant scale, it will require each one of us to start thinking of children, not as objects of sympathy, but as citizens with the same rights that we consider our due. You do not require any great mission or vision to stand up for what you think is the right thing to do, say, feel, or share.
We believe all children irrespective of their age, caste, class, and gender must be born and treated equally. Each of them is entitled to their right to a childhood.