Our hope for children
As Save the Children completed its 100 glorious years in 2019, we acknowledge the remarkable progress India made on realisation of child rights. We are proud to have been a part of this journey. A child's right to health, nutrition, education and protection are non-negotiable now. We value our partners for helping us reach every last child. We enter this new decade with a stronger hope to engage many more through our campaigns and advocacy.
Looking back at the century, we wonder what it would be like to live in a world where children do not need to be ‘saved’. This new year we start with a hope to live in a world where Save the Children does not need to exist for another 100 years.
- Bidisha Pillai, CEO, Save the Children
Understanding Child Rights
Does decline in child mortality rate mean better quality of healthcare services?
Despite a remarkable decline in child mortality rates, India takes a lead with over 40 percent of the global under-five deaths due to Acute Respiratory Infections (ARIs). ‘Pneumonia in India—A Situational Analysis’ developed by Save the Children launched on 26 November 2019 strongly points out to a lack of understanding on the enablers and barriers in the response system leading to a gap in demand and supply sides.
Highlights of the quarter
We are the champions
Princess diya kumari of jaipur released the book at prestigious jaipur literature festival
From Greta Thunberg to Anoyara Khatun, children around the globe are holding the moral compass and defining movements around the world. Our very own champions from Save the Children, are defying restrictive practices and steering change. “We are the Champions” chronicles such inspiring stories of children across India.
at a glance
Updates from this quarter
3 Girl champions from Save the Children among prestigious UN Volunteer Award winners
Recognizing the efforts made by young champions to drive social change, Girl Champions from Save the Children - Rumi Kumari from Jharkhand, Nitu Kumari from Bihar and Jhulima Mallick from Odisha, were among 10 winners of the prestigious V-Awards India 2019, an initiative of UN Volunteers India.
Ready to learn centres: one stop solution for all preschool facilitation skill
To provide a self-learning environment and experience sharing platform to the supervisors, Anganwadi workers and pre-school practitioners, Save the Children established a ‘Ready to learn’ resource centre in Khurda district of Odisha. The centre seeks to serve as a one stop solution for supervisors and Anganwadi workers to enhance their knowledge and facilitation skill on pre-school education.
184 children to promote hygiene practices in Nashik
184 Swachhata Doots (peer educators) have been trained as part of the programme ‘Healthy School environment – Right of Every child’ implemented by Save the Children in collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals (GSK) in 7 schools of Nashik, Maharashtra. These peer educators are responsible to promote good hygiene practices in their own school and families.
First child marriage annulment under Save the Children project
The first child marriage annulment case under Save the Children’s project, Marriage No Child’s Play (MNCP) was done in Osian, Jodhpur on 6 December 2019. Sheila (name changed), who was married at 9, got a decree of annulment from Jodhpur family court after she appealed for an annulment citing her lack of consent for the marriage.
Bracing up for better preparedness towards disasters
The Emergency Preparedness Plan was shared with the Asia Regional team during the workshop organised by Save the Children in Manesar from 4-7 November. The workshop was organised for all humanitarian responders from the Save the Children intervention areas on better preparedness for disasters. The plans developed focused on state disaster profiles, risk priorities and customised action plans depending on the nature of the risks and disasters.
Human trafficking units and women helpdesk across all police stations in India
Hailing the move to set up human trafficking units and helpdesks for women across all police stations in the country, Save the Children’s delegation met Minister of Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani on 17 December 2019.
Delhi to focus on early childhood care for children on streets
Department of Education, Government of Delhi, Municipal Corporation and other civil society organisations guarantee focus on access to early childhood care and education for children in street situation in a consultation with Save the Children on 20 November 2019 in Delhi. The consultation was held to commemorate 30 years of the United Nations Child Rights Convention (UNCRC) and culmination of the CRC week.
Stakeholder cooperation is crucial to reach Every Last Child": Lucknow Mayor
"We need collaboration among all stakeholders working for Child Rights to reach Every Last Child," said Sanyukta Bhatia, Mayor of Lucknow during the launch of 'Spotlight on Invisibles'--a mapping study of children on the streets. The report which takes stock of children living and working on the streets and their legal identity was launched on 27 November 2019 in Lucknow.
Partnerships for change
Save the Children and Street Child United to host street child cricket world cup in India
Believing in the power of sports to change lives of street children, Save the Children has partnered with Street Child United for the next five years to jointly host the Street Child Cricket World Cup in 2023 in India. This tournament will be hosted ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup.
Save the Children suggests more investment for child protection, health, education in budget 2020
An increased investment in the areas of child protection, health and education was the key suggestion by Save the Children in the pre-budget consultation presided by the Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman. The meeting was held on 18 December 2019 in the area of ‘Social sector: Health, Education and Rural Development’ in New Delhi.
Save the Children presents ground level observations at National Health Mission review
Save the Children presented the ground level observations to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India during the 13th Common Review Mission (CRM) of the National Health Mission from 16 October 2019 to 23 October 2019. CRM is an annual review exercise of the national flagship health programme through a multi-disciplinary team.
Save the Children along with DCPCR discusses resolution to end Child Sexual Abuse
Save the Children in partnership with Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights (DCPCR) organised a two-hour-long round table consultation on child sexual abuse in Delhi on 27 September 2019.
Child rights still a misnomer in India?: Indicates report
Joining Forces for Children – India, an alliance of six leading child-focused organisations, organized a National Summit for Children to disseminate their latest India report Child Rights in India - An Unfinished Agenda for the southern states.
The report, launched nationally on 3 July 2019 in Delhi, states that India has made progress on a number of child rights indicators however still a large number of children are denied their rights every day.