Various organization and people have come forward to advocate child rights. In this face based world, a child loses its innocent and can often be led away by several things. Many of them face abuses and return hurt.
Every other child is in some way a victim of child abuse. These kids often shut up fearing punishment or getting offended when they complain about this injustice to an adult. However, keeping quite is not going to set anything right, neither will the wrong doers be punished.
Here is an initiative by the students of Social Work from Loyola College. A new Child Rights Resource Centre will be functional from this college in Nungambakkam from this month. The Centre aims to be a knowledge hub on Child Rights in Tamilnadu.
Assistant professor of Department of Social Work, Loyola College, Andrew Sesuraj, said, ‘We will focus on research, training and advocacy of child rights. The research will be both primary and secondary. We will design training modules for NGO’s, students and government officials.’
Child rights resource centre opened in Loyola College!
Speaking on how this idea was developed, Andrew added, ‘The idea evolved during a discussion with Child Protection Specialist Kumaresan. Our department has 160 students pursuing Master’s degree, M Phil and Ph.D. They can tie up with NGO’s and field practitioners to work on various aspects of child rights. Anyone seeking information or data related to this can approach the center. One of our priorities is to de-insitituationise the children living in various shelter homes.’
The center also lists out the Tamilnadu has the highest number of children’s homes.
‘Last year, late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had set up a scheme to facilitate foster homes for the children living in these homes. The family which takes in a child was to be given Rs 2,000 a month. But funds have not been allocated for this. The center will be taking this up,’ Andrew concluded.