Quarterly Bulletin

JUNE 2021 | ISSUE-VIII

AT A GLANCE

Updates from this quarter



COLLABORATIONS FOR CHANGE

Safety to education- #AllyUpForHer amplifies causes of girls




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The pandemic induced long school closure has led to the emergence of a global education crisis with 320 million learners across the world being affected. In India, where the education system already exhibits a stark gender gap, 10 million girls are at the risk of never going back to school. Save the Children’s #AllyUpForHer campaign, hailing for by stander action for girl’s safety has been advocating for mobilising actions for education for these girls who’s future remains shrouded with uncertainties. Starting from 1 June 2021 (International Children’s Day) till 8 September 2021 (International Literacy Day), 100 Days of ACTION- a campaign milestone urges the leaders and policy makers to save education and protect the generation of learners. The campaign has been endorsed by other civil society entities like Breakthrough, Sayfty, Red Dot Foundation, RTE Forum and Centre for Social Research along with public figures, political leaders and influencers.


IVRS activated across states for COVID information



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With the deadly surge of pandemic making inroads to every homes in the remote hinterlands, Save the Children activated distance support platforms through Interactive Voice Response Systems (IVRS) in Maharashtra, Bihar and Odisha. While COVID VANI in Odisha supports parents and frontline workers with COVID appropriate messaging to be relayed further to the community, the communities in Bihar can access any COVID related information in Bihar via a missed call. The IVRS system in Nashik in collaboration with Nashik Municipal Corporation dedicatedly checks on home isolation cases. With different modus operandi, the IVRS systems is a one stop shop for all COVID needs for the community.


Psycho social helpline launched in collaboration with RSCPCR





Save the Children launched Ummeed (hope) a dedicated helpline in partnership with the Rajasthan State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (RSCPCR), Government of Rajasthan responding to the emerging mental health concerns children are facing due to the pandemic. An average of 80-100 distressed calls are received on a day. Other than counselling support, parents and children can also report any child protection issues like any form of abuse that the child might be facing or any other offence related to the POCSO Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) which are then escalated to the state Child Rights Commission – Government of Rajasthan for action.


Model AWCs embrace community mechanisms to address nutritional disorders




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The model Anganwadi centres(AWCs) in the districts of Gaya in Bihar, West Singhbhum and Gumla in Jharkhand (aspirational districts) embrace community mechanism as a standard way to identify cases of undernourishment and malnourishment.

The frontline workers associated with these centres have undergone the Nutrition Child Care Sessions (NCCS) on various aspects of child care and implementation of community mechanisms like community score cards, low-cost recipes, kitchen gardens etc. to address the nutrition problems.