Evoking the spirit of the Children's Day — observed on November 14 — the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has appealed to the teachers to ensure full compliance with the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.

In a message to the “numerous officials in the Education Department, head teachers and teachers of all the 600 districts in the country,” Shantha Sinha, chairperson of the NCPCR, has said: “We are all well aware of the passage of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009. While the act ensures ‘free' and ‘compulsory' education to all children between the ages of 6 and 14 — the responsibility of ensuring the same, lies with us — with you. It is through your actions, efforts, timely interventions that we will be able to ensure that all children are in school, that they are receiving quality education and enjoying all their rights as children as entitled to in the Act.”

Onerous task

“The work at hand is enormous and yet if each one of us was to perform only our own tasks and just that, we will be able to bring about a difference to many lives and also to many more generations,” she said. “In doing so, we pay homage to our first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru fondly remembered by all children as ‘Chacha Nehru,'” the appeal said.

The Minister of Women and Child Development, Krishna Tirath, felicitated children, non-governmental organisations and institutions on the occasion of Children's Day. She gave away the National Child Award for Exceptional Achievement, 2011, the National Award for Child Welfare, 2010 and the Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award, 2010 at a function here on Monday.

Children felicitated

The Minister felicitated 27 children with the National Child Award for exceptional achievement and also gave away the National Awards for Child Welfare 2010 to two whereas Rajiv Gandhi Manav Seva Award 2010 was given to three persons from across the country.

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