on the details of
62 villages spread across 3 blocks of Bolangir district, Odisha, India
Thematic Intervention: Education, Protection, Participation
Initially the project holder, Mr Uma Shankar Sahu, along with other associates had started a flood relief program in Bolangir. In 1992, a group of educated youth of the Loisingha block started working on social issues of the local communities under the banner of ADHAR. They also formed the farmer’s organization in the area for the benefit of the farmers and began forming self help groups in Loisingha block. They took up the drought issue at the district level and began working for a network in the region to address the issue in a larger way. The team started a model watershed in the region in order to use it . Social reformation through collective action of the vulnerable groups is the fundamental guiding principle of the team.
Key Issues Addressed:
Khaprakhol and Turekela is one of the poorest regions of Balangir District, due to its remoteness; the service providers and administration hardly reach this region, as a result the poor families are excluded from accessing their entitlements. It has also been reported that children start to migrate with their adult counterpart to other cities and thus become the seasonal child labor. Other than seasonal migrations; children are engaged in different household work and agricultural farming work (Especially in the month of November – December) which restrict them from going to school. As a result there is a rise in the dropout children rate.
Another problem with regard to schools is teacher’s irregularity and absenteeism in the project villages. It is found that teachers remain absent from schools and one of the main reason is problem in the attitude of teachers, irregular monitoring of schools by the officials like DEO(District Education Officer), BEO(Block Education Officer ) is another aspect. Caste based discrimination is quite prevalent in the district. There are some cases of caste discrimination. In some schools not only Scheduled Caste(SC) children, but SC teachers are also not accepted by the SMC (School Management Committee) or by the community. Insufficient job opportunities at the village level lead to large scale migration – mostly without proper registration.
The project will intervene in enabling migrant children and child laborers to access fulltime education, enhance the quality in education through handholding support and empowering community by enhancing their capacity through proper monitoring of schools.
- To ensure of adequate infrastructure in schools.
- To ensure teacher’s appointment in all project villages.
- To ensure 100% enrolment in schools and preschools.
- Reduce 90% of dropout and migrant children out of the total 38.
- Formation and strengthening of new SMC (School Management Committee).
- To increase children’s participation in child collectives - ensure children’s voice is heard and recognized in society.
- To reduce child migration through opening of seasonal hostel in the project area.
Achievements & Impact in the Review Period
ADHAR over the year has evolved to be a result oriented organisation. The team has planned meticulously by considering every aspect of the issues it has dealt with so far. The operational area has been mapped as critical on Educational issues. The team is systematically maintaining child related data. A convergence between the issues addressed and the critical area it serves is quite visible.
ADHAR with support from CRY has tried to address issues in the operational area related to children’s right to survival, education and participation. With their intervention they have tried to address issues like;IMR (Infant Mortality Rate), CMR (Child Mortality Rate), school dropout, child labor, child abuse, child migration and recognition of children as important stakeholders. Some of the prominent achievements include the following:
Education (3-6 yrs):
- Data collection on the status of ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) centers in 62 villages of the project area (Infrastructure available, ICDS worker’s qualification, training availed, preschool kit availability).
- Individual parents counselling done on pre- school education with special focus on children’s physical and motor development, Language development, cognitive, socio-personal and emotional development, sensorial development and development of creative and aesthetic aspiration.
- As a result, 20 pre-school children from Ghunesh village under Tureikela block have been regularized. Similarly pre-school in Budhipadar village also got regularized after intervention of Village Development and Action Committee.
- Regular home visits were conducted by Adhar staffs particularly to irregular and drop out children.
Education (6-14 yrs)
- Village level school enrolment campaign were organised involving children’s, parents, teachers and community with focus on enrolling of migrant children to school.
- Individual counselling was done of the parents of dropout and migrant children to leave their children at Rehabilitation Child Center (RCC) and sensitization was done on facilities available there.
- Facilitation of School Management Committee members on tracking and monitoring the functionality of RCCs.
- Block level meetings were done with stakeholders for provision of seasonal hostel and to stop child dropout through opening seasonal hostels.
- 1 seasonal hostel was opened in Chaulbhanji with the regular intervention of Gram Panchayat Coordinator at regular Gram Panchayat level.
Child Protection (Migration):
- The organisation worked towards developing, preparing and sharing the report of migrant children (6-14) with District Protection Council (DPC) in consultation with Block Resource Center Coordinator (BRCC) ,SMC (School Management Committee) president, ICDS (Integrated Child Development Services) workers, and school head masters in 27 villages of the project area.
- Panchayat level mass sensitization done through cultural program, rally and street play on safe migration and retaining children in the village.
- 15 migrant families of Gurlaguda village of Turekela block registered their name in the government initiated labor security card for the aspect of safe migration through home visit & counselling by Adhar.
ADHAR, as an organisation is putting thrust on livelihood issues of community to check migration, ensure alternate arrangements and therefore ensure child rights in the area. It has been systematic in maintaining child related data, making it easy to assess direct impact on children. ADHAR is shaping into a key organization working on critical aspects of child education and protection, especially those of the differently abled children in the community. The broad plans for the coming year are as follows:
- To ensure 100% of parents are sending children for preschool education and not just to avail Supplementary Nutrition Programme alone.
- To ensure 40 % dropout children are enrolled to schools
- At least 40 % of the migrant children in the project area are enrolled in RCCs.
- At least 50 % teachers are regular to school.
- To ensure all migrant families are identified and process initiated to ensure at least 40% migrant family from reference villages register at Panchayat Level before migrating under ISMA ACT.
- To ensure 50 % migrant children retained in their respective community by opening of Residential Care Center (RCC).
- Demand for at least 5 more RCCs (in addition to existing 5 RCCs) are placed through regular engagement with the stakeholders.
- Children started sharing their views in peer groups and with parents; and thus their development needs are explored.
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