Recently you went to your native village to visit your grandparents. You saw that some of the children in the age group 5-14 (the age at which they should have been at school) remained at home, were working in the fields or simply loitering in the streets. Write a letter in 120-150 words to the editor of a national daily analysing the problem and offering solutions to it. You are Navtej/Navita, M-114, Mount Kailash, Kanpur.
3 March, 20××
The Times of India
Subject: Illiteracy and Child Labour Amongst Children
Through the columns of your esteemed newspaper, I would like to draw the attention of the government and NGOs towards the large population of children not attending school.
Children are the future of any country and a country that does not take care of this valuable resource suffers later. A successful nation is that which makes its youth strong enough to lift this mighty responsibility on their shoulders.
Unfortunately, this is not the case in our country. Education, which is a necessity, is still a luxury here. Poor people hesitate to send their children to school.
On a recent visit to a village, I couldn’t help but notice the sheer amount of children, who should have been in the school, but were not. Children in the age group of 5-14 are supposed to attend school to make a brighter future. But in the villages, they are either seen loitering around or helping their parents in the fields, which is a very painful and depressing situation.
It is high time that government and NGOs take up the issue seriously and implement measures to solve it. Besides, literate villagers can also help by starting make shift schools to educate the children till reforms are made by the government.