Quarterly Bulletin

Bal Raksha Bharat

August 2020 | ISSUE-V

AT A GLANCE

Updates from this quarter



RALLYING FOR THE RIGHT

SAVE THE CHILDREN AMPLIFIED VOICES ON PLATFORMS THAT MATTER




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The safety and security of children was brought into crisis, following the sudden declaration of the lockdown, as they walked miles to reach home along with parents. Save the Children, along with other members of the Joining Forces Alliance (a collaboration of the six leading NGOs working with and for children) issued a joint appeal to the Government of India to prioritise vulnerable and at-risk children in their response strategy, provide uninterrupted access to critical services to children and ensure protection and interests of children during the response.

The key demands were shared with key departments such as Ministry of Women & Child Development (MWCD), NITI Aayog, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW).

With multiple states amending labour laws and so negatively impacting children and women in the workforce, Save the Children submitted recommendations on the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code 2019 to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Labour law -- with focus on issues of rights of women and children being compromised.


THE PLIGHT OF MIGRANTS






As migrant workers started returning to their villages, the uncertainty around their lives and livelihoods continued to grow bigger. Save the Children mounted an exclusive response for migrants on the move by installing distribution kiosks along the Jharkhand-Chhattisgarh border in Gumla district -- which is the dropping point for the migrants returning to either of the two states. Save the Children reached out to more than 1000 migrant families with family and dignity kits. The reverse migrant families were also supported for enrolment in schools through enrolment drives anchored by the Academic Support Fellows (ASFs) in Tantnagar block of West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand for children above five years.

These children along with other marginalised families were supported with virtual classes and Teaching Learning Materials (TLMs) to ensure continuation of education.


ADVOCATING FOR THE RIGHT START




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After the recent guidelines issued by the Rajasthan government on the Right to Education Act, Save the Children filed an appeal to the state government for protection of rights of children for quality preschool education. This was done in collaboration with 25 NGOs and 3 civil society networks including Right to Education Forum, Rajasthan Bal Adhikar Sanrakshan and Sanjha Abhiyan.

The new guidelines seek to keep pre-primary classes out of the ambit of 25 per cent reservation for disadvantaged sections in private schools. The move will disallow beneficiary students of pre-primary education in private schools.

The consultation was attended by CSOs, lawyers, early care and education experts from across the country who reflected on the likely impacts of the move including mismatched learning outcomes in the later academic stage.

Acting on a PIL filed by an NGO, a division bench of Rajasthan High Court has asked for a response from the Government of Rajasthan on the new guidelines.