India is a young nation; children constitute 39 per cent of the country’s population. Recognised by policy-makers as a supreme national asset, children deserve the best in national investment, for their survival, good heath, development opportunity, security and dignity. What is done for them today will determine the pace, substance and character of national progress, the changes achieved for the benefit of children and their effective environment – and the future prospects of the country. The status and condition of children is thus the surest indicator of rights-based development.
The Constitution of India provides that the State shall direct its policy towards ensuring “that children are given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity and that childhood and youth are protected against exploitation and against moral and material abandonment” This directive clearly positions children as deserving of the highest priority in national realisation of the Fundamental Rights and the special provisions for those most vulnerable to discrimination and exclusion.
At Early Action, our child protection programmes focus on: –
- Provision of care and protection to all children before and after birth and throughout the
period of childhood.
- Comprehensive health and nutrition programmes for all children.
- Free and compulsory education until the age of 14 years (including physical education, and
- Special attention to children from marginalised backgrounds or children with social
- Protection of children against abuse, neglect, cruelty and exploitation.