As per Census 2011, there are 164.48 million children of 0-6 years of age in India. A number of constitutional and policy provisions have been made such as the 86th Constitutional Amendment which introduced Article 21A on the Right to Free and Compulsory education for children of 6-14 years age group and Article 45 to urge states to provide ECCE for all children until they complete the age of six years. However, there are many needy children who are yet to receive this provision.
Our programme, Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) is an integral part of basic education and represents the first and essential step in achieving our goal of ‘Education for All’. The programme covers children between 0-8 years from the most vulnerable populations like migrants and sex workers using a holistic approach, integrating health, nutrition and education.
Apart from ensuring safe and healthy child care in the centers, the programme has collectivised mothers of the children through the formation of mothers’ committees. These committees are encouraged to participate in the decision-making for the best interest of their children.
Additionally, the ‘Caring & Safe Environment for Young Migrants at worksites’ project worked to sensitise the construction and brick kiln owners on ECCE and initiated processes that strengthen the ECCE mechanisms at the worksites.
Source: AEA South Asia Activity Report 2015