Good morning one and all. Respected Principal, teachers, and my dear friends, it is my pleasure and privilege to stand before you today. I am honored to have this opportunity to speak to such a distinguished audience.
Today on this occasion, I would like to talk about one of the greatest ills of society, child labour. Unfortunately, even after entering the 21st century, humankind has failed to abolish the malpractice of child labour. Even today, the present and future of millions of children are threatened because of this problem.
Child labour is any kind of work that involves making children work and that deprives them of a joyful and healthy childhood. Due to this, children miss out on the happy days that they should spend in school and playing on the grounds. Instead, they are made to work in unfathomable conditions that violate the most basic human rights.
This is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining and morally incorrect and unacceptable. This kind of violation and abuse can scar a child forever and it may damage their mental health, critically diminishing their self-confidence. Depriving them of a right to education leaves them with no knowledge that can help them secure a bright future, often entrapping them in slavery and meager jobs.
Countless children are forced to work in hazardous and exploitative conditions often in industries that make firecrackers or fields, mining, and even domestic work. The condition of these children is truly pitiful and more often than not they are abused, and even trafficked across borders. Many of them are at times forcefully separated from their families, kidnapped, and in some cases sold by their families for a scanty amount.
It is our moral responsibility to raise awareness against this inhumane practice and prevent child labour. We must demand the responsible authorities take appropriate actions. It begins at home around us, we must stop any such practice that we come across. Governments, individuals, and organisations should work collectively to protect the rights of these children and safeguard their futures.
The accountable persons should be punished strictly so that it sets an example for the others. Problems that are as deeply rooted and serious as this should be combated with the collective support of all societies, even at an individual level that are certain precautions we can take to ensure that there is no injustice being done around us. Every action we take, no matter how small will make a huge difference in the life of these children. hank you.