A ride for child rights, a 5,000 km Trans-Himalayan cycle ride from Srinagar to Walong will be undertaken by Sudipto Pal to kick start Spark the School campaign of Child Rights and You (CRY). The four month-long solo traverse through the Great Himalayan Arc from west to east will raise awareness about the cause of child education in the country.
CRY, India’s leading NGO working on the issue of child rights, launched a nationwide campaign ‘School the Spark’ to address issues related to children’s education.
Anita Bala Sharad, Director, Resource Mobilisation, CRY, shared: “Thousands of children in India lack access to education and can’t even write their own names. Moreover, children between the ages of 11 to 14 years are hugely vulnerable to dropping out of schools. When a child is able to go to school, it sets off a cycle of positive change and is empowered to stand up against abuse and exploitation.”
The campaign, spread over three phases, will focus on the challenges faced by children in accessing their basic right to education. When a child drops out of school, the potential of their abilities remains unexplored. Education ensures that this ‘spark’ in every child is revealed and nurtured further, giving them a platform to shine.
School the Spark campaign will impact the lives of over two lakh children in the age group of 6 to 18 years in CRY-supported projects. The first phase of the campaign will ensure that 79 thousand children in the age group of 11 to 14 years do not drop out of school and get a chance to recognise, channelise and develop their abilities to their full potential.