Empowering & Ensuring Children's Rights
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Unnati Sansthan works in the rural tribal districts of Southern Rajasthan. Founded in 2000, we aim to improve the lives and opportunities of children through ending child labour and ensuring that children receive a decent education. Unnati’s vision is to use collective action, empowerment and information in order to build people’s capacity and confidence, so that communities unite to create a force to claim their rights and take control over their own lives. Through empowering parents and adults we can build a protective environment in which children can be shielded from harm and grow into capable adults.
According to a study conducted by Unnati a year (2009), it is clear that that due to poverty, cultural norms and lack of awareness, children in this region are vulnerable for all kinds of abuses and lack of opportunities. The practice of child labour is one of the realities in this area.
Many appalling realities like poverty (85 percent), illiteracy (80 percent), unemployment, low wages, ignorance, social prejudices, regressive traditions, poor standard of living, backwardness, superstition, alcoholism (60 percent of families), low status of women and children, large family size, small land holdings have combined to give birth to the terrible practice of child labour. Children in the age group of 6- 14 go for labour work, instead of going to schools.
Children are not compelled for compulsory education due to their parental ignorance and poor family support. Poverty and big size of families have been identifying as the main cause of child labour in area. Big size of families creates paucity of resources. When there are limited means and more mouths to feed children are driven to commercial activities and not provided their development needs including compulsory education.
In some cases parents are forced to send their small children for labour, in others the network of agents taking children for labour entice and induces the head of the family and sometimes children themselves. Monetary constraints and the need for food, shelter, clothing and indebtedness, pushes the children in the trapped as child labour, losing their childhood denied of their rights. Illiterate and ignorant parents do not understand the need for overall physical, cognitive and emotional development of their children. In these villages mostly parents are uneducated and unexposed, so they don’t realize the importance of education for their children and often unaware of the harms of sending children for labour. It was observed during the survey, that there is a cyclic relationship between out of school/drop out and child labour. When the child is deprived of education (i.e. is out of school and forced out of school due to corporal punishment or poor quality of education or accessibility factor), they are easily available as labour pool. Having dropped out of school, the children are pushed into labour to do something productive in their life. Once they enter the labour market, they remain out of school/drop out and thus barred from their right to education.

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