2017 World Day against Child Labour, in Central East India

Educating the public about child labour

On 13 June 2017 at 10am the Sisters, Staff, Lay Partners of the Good Shepherd Convent, Amaravathi, Professors and Students of St Palloti Junior College, Amaravathi gathered together in St Palloti Parish campus for a public meeting to create awareness among the people in Amaravathi region. 

 

The Public Meeting

As many as 124 members actively participated in this programme. The meeting was facilitated by Mr. L. Laxman, Project Coordinator.  

Fr Rayappa, Parish Priest of St Vincent Palloti Parish, Amaravathi, Fr Joji, Correspondent of St Palloti Junior College, Amaravathi, Sr Flora, Good Shepherd Convent, Amaravathi, and Mr. T. Laxman, the Project Coordinator and member of Amaravathi Child Protection Committees addressed the gathering on the rights of children, especially the issue of child labour.  Sadly, this issue is prevalent, despite stringent punishment accorded to those who employ them.  In his address, Fr Joji encouraged parents to send their children to school regularly, as this prevents the practice of child labour.  Fr Rayappa applauded the commitment of the Sisters in protecting and promoting the rights of children at the District-level through various efforts, including CHILDLINE 1098 in Guntur City.

 

Good Shepherd poster

Sr Flora from the Good Shepherd Convent launched a poster on the protection of children, designed especially for this occasion, for the purpose of educating the public on the need for promoting child rights.  

See photo above:  Sr Flora launches the Good Shepherd poster.

 

The Public Rally

Later the students and the invitees took part in a public rally along the main streets of Amaravathi town. The rally started from St Palloti Parish Church passed through the bus stand, town cross roads and Shivalaya Temple.  At street corners the participants stood in a circle to draw the attention of the public and raised slogans in promotion of child rights. 

 

More photos

Click here - Raising Awareness about Child Labour

 

Newspaper articles

News of the public rally and the public meeting was splashed in 5 leading daily newspapers in the Telugu language in order to circulate the information about the rights of children.

 

From the newspaper:  SHAKSHI (WITNESS)

Let Us Protect Child Rights

 

14th June 2017, Amaravathi

If children’s rights were to be protected, parents have to play a pivotal role of sending regularly to school, said Fr. Joji, the Correspondent of St. Palloti Junior College, Amaravathi. On the occasion of the observation of World Day against Child Labour, the Good Shepherd Convent, Amaravathi in collaboration with St. Palloti Junior College, Amaravathi organized a rally and public meeting to mark the day. Mr. T. Laxman, Project Coordinator and member of Amaravathi Child Rights Protection Committee, coordinated the rally and the public meeting. As per the Right to Education Act, no children below the age of 14 can be employed in any work place. Fr. Bala Rayappa, the Parish Priest of St. Palloti Parish, Amaravathi appreciated the efforts of the Good Shepherd Sisters in promoting the rights of children. In the presence of Sr. Flora from Good Shepherd Convent, Amaravathi a poster designed especially for this occasion was released to protect and promote the rights of children. Srs. Vinnarai, Priyanka, College Students and Professors actively participated in the rally and public meeting.

“If we are ever to have real peace in this world we shall have to begin with the children”.

- Mohandas K. Gandhi