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Children Shouldn't Work in Fields, But on Dreams

In many of our cities we have many mechanical workshops and stores where often we see children hired as workers. Thus, there is a need to make sure that the children go to school instead of being busy working as mechanics and helpers. A sensitization programme for the Bike Mechanics at Gokavaram bus stand, Rajahmundry on the concept of Child Friendly Cities Initiative was organized.

Mr Bhaskar Rao, the President of Vijay Gowthami Motor Mechanic Welfare Association said, “We could conduct a bike rally on the day of Child Labour to show our support towards the Anti – Child Labour Campaign.” All the other members of the association unanimously agreed.

The rally inaugurated by Mr. Vikram Jain started from Kambalcheruvu to Pushkaraghart. Around 80 bikes were arranged by the Association. Jain Seva Samithi, Sun Risers Riding Club, Abdul Kalam Welfare Association, Rajamundry Raisings, Rotary Club Rajamundry River City, Raising Hands, Helping Hands, City Bike Association, World Vision, Lions Club, International Standard Organisation, For Hope, Child Line came forward to support.
A few slogans that were used: ‘Child is Meant to Learn Not to Earn’, ‘Say No to Child Labour’, ‘Say Yes to Education’, ‘Children’s Rights are Human Rights.’
20 children from Gandhi children’s club, 22 children from Nehru children’s club, 25 children from Abdul Kalam children’s club and 15 children from R&B Colony Gandhi children’s club. The Rally was led by 87 civil society members. It was followed by a signature campaign with distribution of ‘Anti – Child Labour’ stickers among the bike owners.