Climate change and empowerment of children and youth through education

By Simi Mehta* Youth constitute the majority of the population in many countries and have an increasingly strong social and environmental awareness, which has the power to transform our societies towards a low-carbon and climate-resilient future. Tackling climate change requires concerted coordinated government action as well as conscious and informed efforts by individuals. Therefore, it … Continue reading Climate change and empowerment of children and youth through education

International community urged to meet the urgent need for social protection of children

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi Nobel laureates, heads of state, international leaders, survivors of child labour and youth activists hold meeting, call for increased and permanent social protection for children to reverse the growing child rights catastrophe: Following reports of a global increase in child labour for the first time in decades and less than four … Continue reading International community urged to meet the urgent need for social protection of children

Online education? Digital transition confined to urban India, private, big schools

By Dr Sudeshna Roy*  Education allows people to live a dignified life, improve quality of living and participate in the national development (UNESCO, 1990; 1996., DFID, 2006). But the Covid-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the education system in India, more so for the adolescent population. Education and health needs are deeply entwined and fundamental to this population group. … Continue reading Online education? Digital transition confined to urban India, private, big schools

The rising tide of child abuse content on social media across the world

Paul Bischoff* In 2020 alone, Facebook removed 35.9 million pieces of content flagged under “child nudity and sexual exploitation,” according to the social network’s latest transparency report. And Facebook isn’t alone; Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, TikTok, Reddit, and Snapchat combined remove millions of posts and images that fall foul of community guidelines regarding child abuse. When … Continue reading The rising tide of child abuse content on social media across the world

The dark side of shinning glittering industries: Rampant child labour in Mica mines of India

By Sarika Maurya, Kshitij Gautam* Colonial History is witness that these Adivasis people of Jharkhand’s mica rich areas are being exploited by the other people for their benefit. And even now no changes could have been made, exploitation of the people in these areas are very rampant since colonial times. Theft and illicit mining of … Continue reading The dark side of shinning glittering industries: Rampant child labour in Mica mines of India

Only 10% of POCSO cases sent for the trial are disposed of every year: KSCF study

Excerpts from the paper by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, “Status of POCSO cases in India”, based on data pertaining to POCSO extracted from National Crime Records Bureau, Crime in India report 2017-2019; conviction rate of POCSO cases by states for the year 2018, taken from Lok Sabha Un-Starred Question No 2627; and documents published … Continue reading Only 10% of POCSO cases sent for the trial are disposed of every year: KSCF study

Impact of pandemic on child labour: Need for safe return-to-work policy for adults

By Swapnil Lohani* Over the past nine months, the entire news and social media has been flooded with reports of rising cases of Covid-19 and the impact it has had on India’s economy. Millions of people lost their jobs or were forced to take pay cuts. Migrants were forced to walk hundreds of kilometers back … Continue reading Impact of pandemic on child labour: Need for safe return-to-work policy for adults