The ‘Operation Smile” by Telangana Police identified and rescued 400 and 700 out-of-school children in 2016 & 2017 respectively. With the objective of providing education to these children who belong to the state of Odisha, they approached AEA for support. The Aide et Action immediately swung into action, identified and trained young education volunteers from Odisha and placed them in the worksites to support the children in their education.
This ensured their education and holistic development. In the end of the migration season, the volunteers traveled along with the migrant families to the source areas and ensured that these children are mainstreamed back to the local schools/anganwadis over there.
As an effort to strengthen the role of the employers in safeguarding the future of the migrant children, AEA encouraged their active participation and support in promoting the education of migrant children in the worksites. This was also a strategic step to curb child labor.
As a result, the Telangana State Brick Kiln Association came forward to support the education of migrant children in the worksites.
The support included the provision of uniform, books, transport and other accessories. AEA also engaged with the local government schools for conducive space for the education of migrant children. The Peddakonduru & Ravirala primary schools came forward to support the initiatives and have provided classrooms.
This unique tripartite partnership between Government of Telangana, Brick Kiln Association, and AEA was formally launched on 20th & 30th January at both Peddakonduru primary school & Ravirala primary schools respectively. The launch at Peddakonduru was graced by Mr Mahesh Bhagwat, IPS, Commissioner of Rachakonda Police, Ms Anita Ramachandran, IAS, Yadadari District Collector and district officials. The launch at Ravirala was graced by Mr Mahesh Bhagwat, IPS, Commissioner of Rachakonda Police, Mr M Raghunandan Rao, IAS, Ranga Reddy District Collector, Sri Telagala Krishna Reddy, Member of Legislative Assembly and other government officials.
The events were coordinated by Aide et Action Hyderabad Regional Office with the support of Migration Information Resource Centre, AEA SA.
Children migrate within and across the state and national boundaries, with or without their family due to different reasons: economic, socio-political and environmental. According to the 2011 census, about 400 million people in India are migrants. Of these, about 25% migrate seasonally. There is no specific data available on child migration in India. An informal estimate puts the figure at 15 million. The major demand for this huge workforce comes from the brick kilns, construction sites, and other such establishments. Though there are laws and policies drafted for the benefit of the migrant children, lack of inclusiveness, implementation glitches, poor convergence and coordination mechanisms affect proper implementation as a result of which these children are made to suffer.
To deliberate, plan and design meaningful and effective government programs, convergence mechanisms and policies on some of the critical issues affecting the migrant children, the Odisha State Commission for Protection of Child Rights in collaboration with UNICEF and Aide et Action organized a consultation and interaction of three key government agencies namely Department of Labour, Department of Women & Child Development/Social Welfare and Department. of School Education as also civil society organizations of nine states of India (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal). The consultation was successful in developing a common policy framework as well as realistic implementation strategies to enable these children a safe and secure childhood even while they are on the move.
The HCL Foundation organized ‘Power of One Carnival’ and NGO Partners Meet - South zone in Chennai on December 14th and 15th. The Aide et Action’s Arumbu/Gurukul project teams along with other HCL NGO partners from Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Madurai participated in the event.
The ‘Power of One’ (payroll giving and volunteering) is one of the key flagship projects of HCL which is based on the belief that a contribution as small as one rupee per day can make a huge difference in people’s lives.
On this occasion, Aide et Action put up a stall to educate HCL employees about our community projects and to garner more support in the form of skill-based and technical volunteering.
This was followed by a review of NGO partners by HCL. The purpose of this meeting was done to review work which has been carried since last one year and discuss our partnering experiences, discuss about challenges and issues that foster or hinder our work, explore strengths of the partnerships, identify opportunities for improvement, set expectations and specific steps for implementation in the coming months.
In continuation to Aide et Action South Asia’s efforts of influencing policies for migrant children at state and central governments of India, a Central North Zone consultation on ‘Rights, Education, Entitlements and Protection of Migrant Children’ was organized in Bhopal on 24th November 2017. The meet was organized jointly in collaboration with Madhya Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MPSCPCR). Representatives of SCPCRs of Delhi, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh states along with child rights activists and government officials attended the consultation to discuss on the plight of migrant children and the various issues that need to be addressed by the government to improve the living conditions of migrants and their families.
The Teachers Resource Group (TRG) formed by Aide et Action celebrated the ‘World Teachers Day’ on 5th October in a unique way. More than 80 teachers, who are part of the TRG, visited the government primary schools under the ‘Schooling & Learning Improvement Project’ in Balaghat district, Madhya Pradesh and interacted with the teachers and children. The group was led by Dr. Damodaer Jain (TRG Coordinator), Dr. Avneesh Kumar Singh (Ex Director of State Institute of Rural Development), Mr. Pravin Upadhaya (Block Resource coordinator) and 4 Cluster Academic Coordinators. The group shared their experiences with the teachers in Balaghat. They also were visibly happy to know about many initiatives of AEA to strengthen the quality of education in this region.
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