BAL SANSADS
Children lead the change
BAL SANSADS : Children lead the change

Success in one initiative to strengthen public schooling can help reach some goals of other initiatives too. The Bal Sansad program in Uttar Pradesh shows how focusing on hygiene is improving attendance too.

#Child Health #Public Health #Education
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE
Defeating the deadly diarrhea
ROTAVIRUS VACCINE : Defeating the deadly diarrhea

Diarrhea is one of the leading causes of child mortality in our country. Reasonably priced vaccines backed by the government are now available to help stop this malady, says Swapna Majumdar.

#Child Health #Health
MALNUTRITION IN INDIA
The national nutrition strategy explained

Nivedita Rao of PRS Legislative presents the current status of malnutrition and measures proposed by the recently released National Nutrition Strategy by NITI Aayog.

#Food Security #Health Laws and Governance
CHILD-LED SURVEY
When children think abuse is ‘normal’

A new child-led survey has documented the types of violence children in Maharashtra are exposed to. Alka Gadgil reports the important findings from the survey.

#Society
CHILD ABUSE IN KERALA
Legislation to safeguard children fails to protect them

Post-POCSO Act, reporting of child sexual abuse cases have rocketed in Kerala, but conviction rates remain dismal. State government and judiciary lack the infrastructure to ensure justice for victims, finds Navya P K.

#Justice System #KERALA
KERALA'S CHILDREN
Schooling the children of migrant labourers

As more poor migrant children face exploitation in Kerala, some schools are coming up with ways to enrol and retain them. A few schools now have more migrant than local students.

#Child labour #Education
KERALA’S PLIGHT - III
Rescued child labourers - institutionalised or forgotten

Kerala lacks a system to rehabilitate migrant child labourers. Navya P K finds out how rescued children are sent off to their home districts, and then forgotten.

#Child labour #Labour Issues #KERALA
KERALA'S PLIGHT - II
Ineffective implementation of child labour laws

Cases on child labour or trafficking are rarely filed by the labour department and police. Even when cases are filed, offenders get away quickly.

#Child labour #Labour Issues #KERALA
KERALA'S PLIGHT
The rise of migrant child labour

A large number of migrant adolescents work in the state. Children are forced to work long, arduous hours, and often suffer physical abuse, and sometimes even sexual abuse.

#Child labour #Labour Issues #KERALA
CLPR AMENDMENT ACT
A progressive framework diluted by chicanery

It is tragic that the new Amendment to the Child Labour (Prohibition & Regulation) (CLPR) Act, 2016, which has a seemingly progressive framework, has been largely diluted by chicanery, opines Kathyayini Chamaraj.

#Child labour #Labour Issues
NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN
Upholding the rights of a child
NUTRITION FOR CHILDREN : Upholding the rights of a child

On Constitution Day, E S Ramamurthy describes how our government is failing in its primary duties of raising the level of nutrition and the improvement of public health as prescribed in our Constitution and thereby creating a nation of malnourished children.

#Food Security
MALNUTRITION AMONG CHILDREN
Malnutrition - A national disgrace
MALNUTRITION AMONG CHILDREN : Malnutrition - A national disgrace

When malnutrition among children is widespread, the government is slashing funds allocated to the mid day meal scheme that covers most of the vulnerable children. Questioning this approach of the government, E S Ramamurthy started a petition to raise the funding for mid-day meal scheme to cover minimum nutritional needs of a child.

#Child Health #Food Security
SCHOOL EDUCATION
When schools and parents clash
SCHOOL EDUCATION : When schools and parents clash

Lack of open communication between parents and school authorities is diminishing trust and respect between them. This in turn has caused many unfortunate incidents that could have been avoided, reports Puja Awasthi.

#Education #UTTAR PRADESH
REMEMBERING DR KALAM
The Other Side of Dr Kalam
REMEMBERING DR KALAM : The Other Side of Dr Kalam

E S Ramamurthy, founder of Sikshana Foundation, Bangalore fondly remembers the time he spent with the late Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.

#People
WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR
Let’s hear our children first!
WORLD DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR : Let’s hear our children first!

Bengaluru-based The Concerned for Working Children believes that while ending child labour is a worthy goal, preventing children from all work without hearing them out on their actual circumstances could be a big mistake. Eden Ezsak spoke to Kavita Ratna of the CWC some time back.

#People #Laws #Society
CYBER SAFETY
Keeping your child safe in the age of the Internet

It’s a big, bad world out there on the social network and nearly 73 percent of urban children aged 8 to 13 are active on such sites. Can adult influencers keep the children safe online? Supriya Unni Nair explores.

#Laws #Media #Society
SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPY
A doctor who cures without a word!
SPECIAL NEEDS THERAPY : A doctor who cures without a word!

Dr Ruffles, an affectionate dog and resident ‘doctor’ at a hospital in Chennai, has helped several children with special needs to overcome their learning disabilities and resolve complex behavioural issues. Hema Vijay reports.

#Child Health #Disability #Special ED
OP-ED: PREPARING GEN-NEXT
Why ‘skilling’ India must focus on schooling

The thrust on vocational skills and values among the youth has more often looked at solutions based on extraneous skill-development modules. E S Ramamurthy explains why a more skilled future workforce must entail fundamental reforms in schooling.

#Curricula #Education Opinions #Livelihoods #Education #OP-ED
MAN ON A MISSION
Building a library a day
MAN ON A MISSION : Building a library a day

Entrepreneur and social activist Pradeep Lokhande’s project of setting up a library every day across rural schools in Maharashtra is helping many poor students see the light of a new day. Ramesh Menon reports on this unique initiative.

#Profiles #Education #Society
ICDS SCHEME
Why Bihar’s child is different from Himachal’s

The Integrated Child Development Services scheme was launched to address the nutrition, health and learning needs of all children below six years of age. Ankita Aggarwal shares findings from a survey that point to the huge variations in implementation and effectiveness. 

#Child Health #Education #Government
DEFINING POVERTY
Mr. Leader, I have a question...

As the rhetoric among political parties over their commitment and promises to the people rises, Shankar Jaganathan articulates that one question that will test what they truly stand for.

#Food Security #Government #OP-ED #Poverty
CHILD ABUSE
/abuseccru-human-rights
CHILD ABUSE : /abuseccru-human-rights
Hospital-based Collaborative Child Response Units can go a long way in providing immediate medical attention, minimising secondary trauma, and ensuring that children abused sexually get adequate social support. Vinita A Shetty looks at why these CCRUs are so critical for minor victims.
#Justice System #Human Rights #KARNATAKA
ANTI-ADDICTION CAMPAIGN
Lone crusader warns school-goers against substance abuse

Moved by a personal tragedy, young Bengali engineer-turned-actor Bobby Chakraborty has launched a singular campaign to educate schoolchildren about the impact of alcohol and other addiction and deter them from the path. Shoma A Chatterji brings us his story.

#Society #WEST BENGAL