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Location

55 villages of 3 Mandals of Chittoor district, Andhra Pradesh.
Thematic Intervention: Education and Protection (child labor, child marriage)


Project Context

Pragathi was established in 1993 by the Project Holder K.V. Ramana in order to ensure social justice for underprivileged children and communities as he had seen the plight of these children and communities closely. He has a good understanding the conditions and issues of the community. When he started his work, he initiated activities in his own Mandal. He has undergone several trainings/workshops conducted by various organizations and is a sought after resource person in the child rights sector. The organization works with the scheduled caste, scheduled tribe and other backward communities in Chinagottigallu, Sodam, Somal and Piler Mandals of Chittoor district.

Problem Statement:


Pragathi works with migrant communities in 3 mandals (blocks) of Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh namely Srikalahasti (new mandal – 9 villages), Yerpedu and Renigunta. Most of the migrating families work as watchmen at mango gardens and some older children are also involved in the work. They also work as cattle grazers and in agriculture fields. 70% of the child labor stays locally with their families while 29% of child labors stay with their families at migrated place. The reasons for child labor are poor economic conditions, inaccessibility to schools, corporal punishment and migration. School infrastructure is insufficient due to non-allocation of sufficient budgets for the education sector and in particular lack of funds for improving the infrastructure facilities of the schools. Girls mostly drop out in the area to take care of their siblings or to get married. The system of dowry, social customs, and economic conditions of the family along with lack of enforcement of the law are reasons for the still prevailing incidence of child marriage.

Achievements & Impact


Key Result Area: Reduce school dropout and improve retention in project area.

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

? Track all children in the age group of 15-18 yrs and ensure their transition from upper primary to high school and high school to other higher education courses.
* Guide 10th and 12th standard failed children to appear for instant / supplementary exams.
* Advocacy with Education Dept for improvement of infrastructure facilities in schools and for appointing sufficient teachers and against closure of schools in the name of rationalization.
* Advocacy with Social Welfare Department for improvement of infrastructure facilities in hostels.

6 Schools under threat of closure (due to less number of students) were identified. Regular interactions were ensued with the concerned authorities to prevent closure of these schools. Efforts were also put into raising awareness in the communities and increasing the attendance in the schools.
* Amount has been sanctioned through regular advocacy for improvement of infrastructure and renovation of 2 boy’s hostel.
* 19 Intermediate failed and 45 secondary failed children were guided to appear for instant / supplementary exams. 6 children from intermediate and 20 secondary failed children have passed.
* 73 school management committees were strengthened through cluster level training programs. As a result the project ensured improvement in schools namely new kitchen rooms in 3 schools, new toilets in 3 schools, renovation of toilets, additional classrooms in 5 schools and appointment of 17 new teachers.


Key Result Area: Reduce child labor in the project area.

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Sensitize parents of child labor and drop outs and other parents on the importance of education especially girl child education.
* Conduct awareness programs / Kalajathas on child labor at community level.
* Encourage Panchayat members to have child labor as agenda in their meetings and pass resolutions against child labor and drop outs.
* Personal counseling to parents whose children are working as child labor to sensitize them about negative effects on children.

? 1053 families were sensitized on child labor and drop out issues; 126 families with girl children were sensitized on importance of girl child education.
* 35 child labor and drop out children have been mainstreamed in schools with the engagement of community based organizations.
* 238 parents were sensitized by 115 Panchayat Raj Institute (PRI) members on issues pertaining to child labor and drop out, which resulted in mainstreaming of 6 child labor and 21 dropouts in schools.
* 133 teachers visited 180 families and counseled the parents to put their children back in school.


Key Result Area: Reduce instances of child marriages in the project area.

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

? Assist girls from most needy families and girls from families where parents migrate seasonally to get into social welfare hostels.
* Sensitize families against traditions and customs that result in child marriages, harmful impacts of child marriage and against negative attitude towards girl children.
* Sensitize faith & caste leaders on the issue of child marriage, & urge their involvement in preventing child marriages.
* Encourage teachers to visit families where child marriages might happen / where child marriages are fixed and to counsel parents.

? Out of total 72 identified cases of child marriages, 33 child marriages were prevented through efforts of the project.
* 46 girls from needy migrant families were admitted into social welfare hostels through regular sensitization and follow up with the stakeholders.
* 109 priests and caste leaders were sensitized to stand up against child marriage.
* 99 teachers visited 166 families with potential child marriages and influenced 14 families to call off the marriages.
* 576 adolescent children are active participants of 31 adolescent groups.
* 22 child collectives discussed school issues in their meetings and raised the issues to the teachers.

Update on major events /campaigns:


* 29 Kalajatha programs (Street Plays) were held on the issue of child labor and drop out in 29 villages wherein a total 1699 adults and 1077 children participated. The Kalajatha team comprised of the Pragathi staff and children who performed songs, skits and Kolatam (stick play) on child labor and drop out issues. After completion of the program, team encouraged participants to share their opinion and clarify their questions.


Update on engagement with the government:


* Advocacy was done with the social welfare department for infrastructural improvement in hostels. This resulted in sanctioning a substantial amount for renovation of Yerpedu B.C. Hostel for boys and 14 toilets were constructed, 18 fans fixed, a compound wall constructed, 6 main doors arranged, 4 windows fixed, new bore well constructed; electrification and flooring done. Another amount was sanctioned for renovation of Renigunta B.C. Hostel for boys.

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Reduce school dropout and improve retention in project area.
Reduce child labor in the project area.

* Sensitize parents of child labor and drop outs and other parents on the importance of education especially girl child education.
* Engage with media to publish articles on importance of education / child labor situation.
* Involve Panchayat Raj Institutes (PRI) members in sensitizing parents on child labor and drop outs.
* Strengthening School Management Committees and advocate for upgrading of primary schools and for starting new primary schools.
* Demand for travel allowance as per Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RCFCE) Act for children who attend schools from distant places.
* Guide children who completed 10th standard to apply for higher education / vocational courses and the secondary failed students to apply for instant/supplementary exams.

Reduce instances of child marriages in the project area.

* Identify potential cases of child marriage, based on the assessment parameters.
* Assist girls from most needy families and girls from families where parents migrate seasonally to get into social welfare hostels.
* Sensitize priests and caste leaders on the issue of child marriage and urge their involvement in preventing child marriages.
* Assist girl children in applying for different social security benefits / girl-child schemes and create awareness in the community.

Plans


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

Increase fully strengthened Child Collectives from 23 to 30.

* Promote leadership development among children through capacity building trainings.
* Introduce Life Skills modules on "leadership" and "problem solving" to child collectives.
* Conduct sports and games to identify sports talents in children and encourage them to participate in the school and outside events.

Financial Summary: January to December 2019


Budget Breakup 2019

Education

1,498

4%

Protection

22,450

57%

Participation

3,458

9%

Administration

11,714

30%

Total Grant Approved

39,119

100%