Children’s Day is commended across India to build consciousness of the freedoms, care, and academics of children. It is commemorated on November 14 each year to honor the birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. This day is also referred to as ‘Bal Diwas’ in India.
Nehru was known as Chacha Nehru among children and he fought for kids’ rights for getting all-round schooling that would construct a superior society in the future. Nehru considered kids as the future of a country and the building blocks of society. On this day, numerous motivational and educational projects are held across India for kids.
Who was Jawahar Lal Nehru?
Jawaharlal Nehru was born to Kashmiri Brahmans on November 14, 1889. His family had relocated to Delhi in the 18th-century.
He was a child of Motilal Nehru, a famous legal advisor and head of the Indian freedom development, who became one of Mahatma Gandhi’s partners. Jawaharlal was the oldest of four kids, two of whom were young ladies. A sister, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, later turned into the principal lady leader of the United Nations General Assembly.
National Children’s Day History
It is accepted that Nehru was known as “Chacha Nehru” by youngsters since he accepted that kids were the strength of India. The former Prime Minister was designated “chacha” due to his closeness with Gandhi, whom all alluded to as ‘Bapu’. Gradually, everyone regarded him as ‘chacha’ as he was viewed as a young sibling of the father of the nation.
Nehru, under the direction of Gandhi, ended up being the head of India’s battle for freedom in 1947. He established the framework of free India as sovereign, communist, mainstream, and a majority rule republic. For this, Nehru is credited as the engineer of present-day India.
After the demise of Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964, a goal was passed in the parliament consistently to respect him, proclaiming his introduction to the world commemoration as the authority date of Children’s Day. In India, Children’s Day was first observed on November 20 till 1956, with the United Nations, in 1954, declaring the day as Universal Children’s Day. After this, November 14 marks Children’s Day in India to celebrate the birth of the country’s first PM.
National Children’s Day Significance
Besides celebrating this day as the birth anniversary of Jawahar Lal Nehru, Children’s Day also aims at addressing the children’s education, care, and rights. Chacha Nehru had once said: “These children of today are the future of tomorrow. The way we raise them will define the India we make tomorrow”.
The Prime Minister very clearly stated the modern India of the future was only possible if the children of the society were brought up well. He knew only with them was India going to achieve independence. This day is a reminder of his dream for a better future and we can help in building it by building up our children.
How is National Children’s Day Celebrated?
This day is one of the most awaited days for children. Though it is not a national holiday, every school conducts a special program for the students. With dance programs to various competitions, this day holds a special place in a student’s life.
Some schools organize day picnics and take their students on a fun day trip! The students are also showered with small gifts and given sweets to mark the event. In some schools, the students are made to relish some delicious feast and offered snacks of their choice!
Rights of Children
Talking about the rights of children, every child has the right to know about what authority they hold, and what they need to do if refused of their rights. The rights of children according to the constitution of India are:
- Free and compulsory education for all children from 6-14 years.
- Right to be saved from any dangerous employment.
- Early childhood care and education right.
- Protection against abuse right
- Right to be refrained from joining employments which are not suitable for their age.
- Equal opportunities and facilities right.
- Right to protect childhood and youth against exploitation.