Convention on Child Rights

The Tehelka Foundation is committed to voice the concerns of children from the underprivileged sections of the society. We seek to help establish a society where all children have equal opportunities to live their dreams and excel in their lives, irrespective of their economic and social backgrounds.

In consonance with this commitment, the Tehelka Foundation, in collaboration with the NCPCR and UNICEF organized a three-day seminar on the Right to Education and Abolition of Child Labor at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 10th to 12 December, 2008. The seminar, which witnessed participation from over 50 NGOs across the country, deliberated on the structure and content of the proposed bill on Right to Education. After three days of intense discussions, a paper containing the proposed amendments to the bill was prepared and presented to NCPCR for further deliberations.

Under the proposal, it was advised that the bill should widen its scope and include children from 0-18 years of age under its purview, instead of the present 6-14 years. Also, it was proposed the expenditure on education, under the Union budget should be increased to 14 per cent from the current 6 per cent.

The Tehelka Foundation facilated the inaugural play at the Convention -Aakhir kab tak?? This was the result of a month long workshop organized by the Foundation, with a group of 20 disadvantaged and privileged children. The play, deliberated upon the genesis of child labor in our society and the attitude of the people at large. It also showcased the mal-practices that are prevalent in the state-run education system.

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