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Bike Rally In Jharkhand To Raise Public Awareness On Child Education And Break The Chain Of Child Labour

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  1. Bike rally was lead by child activists and volunteers of Bal Mitra Gram
  2. Placards held up by children echoed the rally objective loud and clear
  3. The community was sensitised about tangible threat of child trafficking

Far from the national spotlight, a motorcycle rally to raise public awareness in some of the most backward areas of Jharkhand, harping on the need of getting children enrolled in schools to protect them from being sucked into the vicious cycle of child labour, exploitation and abuse and connecting the poor and socio-economically marginalised population with the government's social security schemes. The rally, spearheaded by child activists and volunteers of Bal Mitra Gram or Child Friendly Village programme of the Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation (KSCF) crisscrossed through multiple villages. Placards held up by children echoed the rally objective loud and clear:

"If you make kids work, you will go straight to jail!"

"Every child has a right - the right to play, to food, to education and love!!"

"Kailash Satyarthi's dream... A child-friendly society!!"

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Talking to NDTV about the initiative, Govind Khanal, Activist, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, said,

Schools have been shut for a very long time, due to which many children have been forced into labour and Mica mining. The aim of this campaign is to break this chain of child labour, to attract children back to school, and to stop those who are taking advantage of the situation and mistreating children.

Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi's foundation has been working silently to protect rights of children and to ensure that children do not drop out of school and end child slavery and child abuse. Dedicating his life to building a world where every child has the right to live a free, healthy, educated and secure life, Kailash Satyarthi is determined to ensure justice for every child.

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Santosh Kumar, Block Development Officer, said,

Under Kailash Satyarthi's leadership, and thanks to his efforts, we have started the Bal Mitra Gram Yatra. Our entire effort is focused on putting an end to child labour and child marriage, protecting the rights of every child, stopping abuse and exploitation and bringing a smile to their face.

As a part of the programme, a Jan Choupal was also organised where an oath was administered to the people regarding education, security and social protection of children and ensuring their enrolment in school. The community was sensitised about the tangible threat of trafficking of children which accentuates the risk of them being pushed into labour, sexual abuse and exploitation if children are pulled out of school.

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