Promoting Protection and Education Rights of Children

2010 & on going

Project was envisaged with a purpose to reduce child labor and ensure that all children in age of 6-14 are in schools through community mobilization and strengthening of child protection structures in the district. 171 Gram Panchayat strengthening of child protection structures in the district. 171 Gram Panchayats level child protection committees (GP CPC) are formed and oriented to protect the rights of the children and prevent child labor. These GP CPCs are protect the rights of the children and prevent child labor. These GP CPCs are covering about 606 villages in Dungarpur District.

2300 SHGs (about 40,000 SHG members) are oriented on the child rights and importance of education their children, SHGs organize special meets for this issue. Every SHG member was asked to identify two more families and be responsible to prevent any concern related to child labor in these families. The responsible to prevent any concern related to child labor in  these families. The SHG members were also responsible to make sure that the children of these two families are regularly attending schools, therefore creating a network of about 200,000 families, free from child labor and where the children are obtaining education, a total of around 3,500 children were identified as  non school going children, 2700 of these were enrolled in various schools.

PEDO’s team has made presentations in 163 Gram Sabhas on the issue of child labor and Right to education act. Template for School development plan has been prepared and discussed for implementation. PEDO has oriented and is in contact with 1536 School Management Committees for the implementation of School development plans. SHG leaders are already playing a very important role in identification of vulnerable families and children. The SHG federation leaders are given the responsibility of sustaining the grass root level institutions (GP-CPC) for child rights.

All these efforts and mobilization of communities has led to the declaration 100 villages as free from child labor and where all the children are attending schools, regularly.

The delivery system of social protection schemes was also targeted to be bettered. The identification of the right candidates for the benefits and linking them to various schemes has been a major task under the program. About 3500 families were linked to various social protection schemes, which have eventually bettered the live of the children of these families