India’s first prime minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was born on 14th November. He had great love and affection for children. Therefore, his birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day all over the country.
Children too loved and respected him, so he is called ‘Chacha Nehru‘. This day is of great importance as children remember the national leader and learn about the sacrifices that he made for the country. Children’s day is celebrated in all schools across the country.
Sweets are distributed and children are pampered with gifts. Most schools conduct cultural programs on this day. It is organized for the children to engage in fun and frolic.
Generally, teachers perform dance, songs, and plays for children. They put in all their efforts to entertain the children and make them happy. Various institutions and organizations organize different programs like quizzes, competitions, picnics, camps, etc for children on this day.
For the social welfare of children, many NGOs distribute sweets, clothes, and books to poor children. Some of them also conduct programs for poor children such as street plays and free classes. Sometimes they award scholarships, admission in schools to these poor children as well.
On this day, celebrations are also held in the Teen Murti Bhavan where Nehru lived as prime minister. Various orphanages across the country celebrate this day with great enthusiasm. Though they serve the children throughout year, on this day, special programs are organized to make the children feel special.
It is sad that in our country where children’s day is celebrated, there are still millions of children who are homeless and don’t get the basic things in life. They are not given a chance to go to school. Instead, they are made to work in factories, homes, or shops.
Such children are forced to work hard in order to look after their families. Though the government is doing its best and taking steps against child labor, there is still a lot that needs to be done.
As responsible citizens, we must take the responsibility of improving conditions of our needy brothers and sisters who should be going to schools but are unable to do so for some reason.
As a tribute to “Chacha Nehru“, we can take positive steps for the betterment of needy children. After all, education is the right of every child.