Bhubaneswar, 30/04 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : “Say no to Child Labour, Say yes to childhood” Childhood is meant for education and not for work. Indian Constitution also defines right to education as a fundamental right of children. There are legal provisions to ensure the right to education and prohibition of child labour in different sectors but still many children are engaged in different sectors facing exploitation. No child should be engaged in any type of work. Every child has right to learn, to play and to enjoy his/her child hood. For ensuring this we have to create a child friendly healthy environment. This was the message by the eminent sand artist Sudam Pradhan through his creative sand art at Ekrama Hatt, Bhubaneswar on “No Child Labour” Day here on Wednesday.
On the eve of No Child Labour Day a leading voluntary organization People’s Cultural Centre (PECUC) facilitated sand art exhibition illustrating childhood and child labour for awareness generation, which was developed by eminent sand artist Sudam Pradhan at Ekamra Hatt, Bhubaneswar. Santosh Upadhaya, Additional Director General of Police and Director, State Human Rights Protection Cell inaugurated the sand art which conveys the message of promoting childhood and denying child labour.
On this occasion a website on Right to Education i.e. www.rteodisha.org was launched by PECUC. The website was developed in both Odia and English Language under the guidance of Dr. John Kurien, eminent educationist and with support from Terre Des Hommes (G), India Programme. Santosh Upadhaya, Additional Director General of Police and Director, State Human Rights Protection Cell unveiled the website for public.
Amongst others Pradosh Pattnaik, Eminent Journalist; Ranjan Mohanty, Secretary, PECUC; Mrs. Anuradha Mohanty, Executive Director, PECUC; Bharati Chakra, Save the Children; Raghunath Mandal, Institute of Media Studies (IMS) and NSS Coordinator, Ms. Gayatri Pattnaik, faculty, IMS; also graced the occasion.