New Delhi: The Vice-President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said that there was an urgent need to enable children to learn as many languages as possible without neglecting or ignoring the mother language or the language they wish to learn.
He was addressing the ‘National Summit for Every Child in India’ organised by UNICEF in Parliament.
“Learning language and understanding the history, and culture of a nation must become part of the education system, he called for a special focus on the language of the home," Naidu.
Referring to Article 30 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Naidu said that, it gives children the right to “learn and use the language and customs of their families, whether these are shared by the majority of people in the country or not."
The vice-president urged all Parliamentarians to take a solemn resolve as lawmakers and citizens to continue their crusade to evolve and implement meaningful child-centred policies and programmes and ensure that every single child in this country was given a safe and fulfilling childhood. He wanted them to keep the welfare of the children of their constituencies as a guiding principle for any project that they undertake.
Pointing out that education was the key to ensure a bright future for children, Naidu called for a special focus on providing quality education to all, especially those living in remote areas.
“We must have “quality education". We must have “affordable, relevant education". We must have “education that empowers" children with the competencies of the 21st century," he said.
Describing good health of children as an absolute precondition to a fulfilling life, the Vice-President said that adequate attention must be paid to nutrition. He called for enhancing and expanding nutrition drives run by the government such as the POSHAN Abhiyan to increasing its coverage and frequency.
Expressing concern over incidences of exploitation, cruelty, abuse, crime, trafficking, and discrimination faced by children around the world, Naidu stressed the need to address these formidable threats that endanger children, on a war footing.
The Vice-President said that both houses of the Parliament played a critical role in protecting and promoting the rights of children by holding the executive branch to account by scrutinizing its work, by allocating resources for children and by ensuring that not only child-related policies but all policies have the welfare of children as its cornerstone.