Every child has the right to go to school, and not work

Mangu kabhi maangta nahi. Wo khud kama kar khana chahta hai but yeh uske school jaane ki age hai. It’s a beautiful, heart touching story of an orphan boy who can’t beg, who doesn’t like to beg. It seems he doesn’t even know what begging is. He is hungry, he wants to eat but can’t beg.

Mangu goes to many people to request for work but everyone denies him any work due to the fear of child organisations which may take action against them. Yes, everyone is aware of child labor but how many really care for it?

As per the data from 2011 Census, almost 73 per cent of the working children in India from the age group of 5-18 years do not go school. Although the Right to Education Act 2009 ensures all children aged between 6-14 years the right to free and compulsory education, the available data tells a different story. Lack of education is one of the main reasons which forces the children to work in the first place. India, the world’s fastest growing major economy, has the largest number of child laborers.

Nevertheless, in the end of this video, the boy meets a man who looks dangerous though, what he does for the child is enough to melt every heart that can feel this story. He sends the boy to school and asks him to study well. That was the WORK he gave to the child. It was a beautiful work that every child would love to do. Unfortunately, not all poor kids are lucky enough to come across someone like him in real life.

Let’s pledge to provide education to at least one child. If we all can take this step, we can eliminate child labor from our country. Let every child do what they should do in their age—STUDY. Any work, no matter how big or small, is not for those soft hands, pure hearts and brains like sponges.