CHILD RIGHTS ASSEMBLIES FOR EMPOWERMENT OF
BACKWARD CHILDREN AT BALIAPAL BLOCK
With the support from Action Children Aid, Denmark ARM is undertaking the project of “CHILD RIGHTS ASSEMBLIES FOR EMPOWERMENT OF BACKWARD CHILDREN AT BALIAPAL BLOCK”
Promotion and protection of child rights in 20 nos of schools in 20 villages at Baliapal block through children’s active involvement and sensitization of all stakeholders.
Non-school going, dropouts, working children and school going children under the threat of discontinuation of education are the main target groups in the age Group of 10 – 17 years.
Location of project:
Baliapal block is a coastal block touched by the Bay of Bengal in the south and terminally located to the Balasore District of Odisha.
Enhance child rights ensuring their education through community sensitization and participation and the children’s parliament as pressure group.
Empower pupils from 20 schools in human rights/children rights;
- Create awareness among the children, local community including local decision makers and authorities,
- Support working and dropout children to be enrolled in schools.
- Support children victims of violence linking with ChildLine of ARM.
Achievements of the Child Rights
- 2000 no of IEC materials like leaflets, pamphlets, Posters have been prepared and used for awareness motivational camps to the children, Parents, Teachers and other stakeholders on child Right issues.
- 26 Teachers have been oriented and trained to facilitate the children’s rights assemblies and guide the students of the assemblies.
- To sensitize the community people 8 No of Street corner meetings at public places and staging cultural activities like dramas conducted on child right issues for the better understanding of 3759 no of illiterate people in remote villages.
- In each of the target 20 villages under the leadership of students of 20 schools 20 no of child rights assembly has been formed. This assembly members are sitting together once in months to assess the present situation and problems of local children, in school, progress achievement, conflict resolutions etc. The children parliament is working as the pressure group to ensure their rights.
- 4 no of teachers-parents/mothers meetings have been organized for assessing the problems, educational progress of students etc.
- One annual Children’s parliament organizing with the active participation of 20 child rights assemblies to bring all children leaders into one platform to share their views on child rights and the issues undertaken by them and the issues on child right to be solved with the block level assembly.
- 35 no of Bi monthly meetings conducted where the children’s rights issues are adopted by the Children’s Parliament and resolved and the resolution has been circulated to the local Govt. administration, mass media, and institutions for lobbying drawing attention of all section of people and government.
- Lobbying with local Govt. authorities on child rights issues and interacting with local panchayats, Govt. education and health personnel for promotion of facilities for children.
- The Children’s Rights Assemblies are organized once and demonstrated to local govt. administration for protecting child rights and to take action against violence against child rights and abuse of children and proper rehabilitation of child labours.
- 4000 no of child rights magazine named “NUA KALAMA” (New Pen) published in two quarters and circulated among 20 Child Rights Assemblies. The aim of the publishing the magazine is to bring creative writings, poems, drawings of the children and teachers on the child right issues and educative stories for children.
- 17 no of Motivational Camp organized for the parents and mother, 828 no of parents became aware about the child Right about in two quarters :
- Need for receiving education
- Rights to education – a fundamental right of every child as per new amendment in the constitution of India.
- The role and responsibilities of parents for the education of their children.
- The role of mothers for their children’s education.
- How to inspire the children to regularly attend the school.
- Not to engage the children in different household and field work.
- The legal provisions for punishment of the parents who do not send their children to school.
- Need for education for the girl children.
- The importance of maintaining health and hygiene of the children so that they do not absent themselves from school for frequent sickness.