Quarterly Bulletin

Bal Raksha Bharat

May 2020 | ISSUE-IV


Updates from this quarter


Save the Children anchors child-focused consultation in NVNR

Save the Children along with World Vision and Nine is Mine anchored the National Voluntary National Review (VNR) consultation focused on children on 16 January 2020 under the guidance of NITI Aayog—the policy think tank of the Government of India. The Voluntary National Review (VNR) is an annual review process of the national commitments and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

The NVNR sought to assess the progress made by Governments and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in identifying the most marginalised, mechanisms to reach them, challenges faced, resolutions and good practices with respect to the SDG 2030 goals with a focus on children as one of the vulnerable groups.

NITI Aayog was the main coordinator of the ‘Leave No One Behind’ (LNOB) piece—the central, transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda. In the run-up to the VNR 2020, NITI Aayog held a series of consultations with CSOs, United Nations India, Wada Na Todo Abhiyan (WNTA)--a national campaign of CSOs, to put together perspectives, data and inputs for progress made towards SDG 2030 goals.

Save the Children conducts training for teachers on inclusion, safe school

Save the Children in collaboration with the Telangana State Portal School Education conducted a special programme focused on inclusion and safety at schools on TSAT, a satellite based communication network run by the state government to interact with headmasters and teachers.

The two hours programme led by Kamal Gaur, Deputy Director, Child Education Vikas Gora, Deputy Director Programme and Nagesh, Manager, Education focused on teacher cadre management, performance, school management and leadership. The initiative has reached 43000 head teachers and around 8 lakh children.

Save the Children is the technical partner with the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) and State Education Departments across seven Indian states including Telangana.

Boys more vulnerable to malnourishment symptoms: report

Young boys are consistently more vulnerable to stunting, wasting and underweight as compared to girls--says Save the Children report. The report is based on a scientific assessment conducted to identify prominent trends in under-five malnourished children in Bhanwar Singh Camp, one of the oldest slums in Delhi under project ‘Vision healthy India: Fight against the silent emergency’ supported by Knorr-Bremse Global Care.

The report released on 24 March 2020 shows data to establish a trend in the incidence of stunting, obesity, wasting, or a combination of all three conditions.

These findings will guide the further project interventions to focus on the treatments, prevention including a focus on maternal health and also evaluate the programme impacts on such cases.

Book reading session in Kolkata hails children as changemakers

Not only adults but children too can be instrumental in bringing positive changes in society was amply highlighted in the book reading session of ‘We are the Champions’ organised by Save the Children at the Oxford Book Store in Kolkata. The session was attended by the authors Rashmi Bansal and Devendra Tak, along with child rights crusaders Anoyara Khatun and Saraswati—two of the 15 children featured in the book. These children belonging to underprivileged backgrounds have been working with Save the Children for years and have championed children’s issues while fighting with social odds and injustice against them.

Others present at the session were Anindit Roy Chowdhury, Director, Programmes & Policy, Chittapriyo Sadhu, Deputy Director, Programme Management and Susmita Guha, Senior Manager and Head of West Bengal Project Office from Save the Children and popular Bengali celebrity singer Sidhu.

They shared their personal experiences of witnessing such journey of empowerment of marginalized children across the world. Speaking of her journey at the event, child champion Saraswati said, “I am prepared to fight till no kid is deprived of his or her childhood. I don’t care if it takes all my life to achieve this.”