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QUALITATIVE ASPECTS

Qualitative changes through PVCR advocacy

 

2012-13:

  • The government of AP constituting the SCPCR in the state is a worthwhile achievement for PVCR as that gives an opportunity for the Alliance to engage with SCPCR towards protecting the child rights in the state in a more focused way.
  • The issuing of G.O.Rt. No. 1974 by AP government, through which safe drinking water will be provided to 959 schools in Nalgonda district results in more than a lakh school going children benefited.  As fluoride is a serious issue in Nalgonda district, this measure is going to ensure that these children will have access to safe drinking water.
  • Alliance has sent out a strong message to the state government by protesting against the closure of schools in the state.  Alliance also was able to ensure that 59 schools that were either closed or on the verge of closure were either reopened or continue to function.  As the access to education remains a big challenge to many poor children in the school, this intervention ensured the continuation of studies of a few thousand children.
  • The advocacy efforts of alliance members resulted in many child rights issues highlighted in the print media.  This has indirectly sensitized the public on the status of child rights in different districts.
  • Various improvements in the basic infrastructure facilities in 190 schools enhanced the quality of services in those schools, thereby giving children an opportunity to have quality education and infrastructure.  This also would prevent many children from dropping out from schools.
  • Reactivation of girls’ toilets in 211 schools resulted in preventing many girl children from dropping out of school as various surveys indicate that many girls drop out from schools due to non-availability of girls’ toilets.
  • The access to good facilities improved for many children studying in the social welfare hostels as infrastructure facilities have been improved in 126 hostels.  This has impacted the living conditions of those children in the hostels positively.
  • At district level – with several authorities like District Collector, ICDS Project Officer, WCD, RDO, RVM, etc. – PVCR has made its presence felt through its programmes.  This resulted in their positive responses towards children’s issues raised like – ICDS requirement, ICDS quality of services, release of fund for construction of water units and toilets in schools, instructions to ICDS authorities to gather exact number of malnourished children, instructing special officers to stay overnight at hostel to report back the gaps, surprise inspection of ICDS centres by authorities, etc.
  • The intervention by Nalgonda PVCR partners resulted in state government announcing a 200 crore rupees package for providing milk and egg in ICDS centres in 17 Blocks.  This is expected to enhance the nutrition status of 30000 children and 10000 pregnant and lactating mothers.
  • The fact-finding missions conducted by PVCR members brought to light various violations happening on children and sought accountability from the government in providing protection for the children.  Through this, public also were sensitized on the need for protection of child rights.
  • The January 26th Campaign at 6 districts and at state-level brought to light various lapses in ensuring right to education of children.  This campaign was significant as the state government makes moves to close-down the unviable schools in the state.  The voice of children was heard through Media and the policy makers have taken note of that.
  • Press Meets with children at district level and subsequent submission of memoranda to the District Collectors have attracted the attention of the media and the right to education issues of children.  The difficult access to education was particularly highlighted and district administration including education department took note of the issue and gave assurances to resolve the issues.  The information about closed schools was brought to light and District Collectors have taken note of the situation.  In several districts, authorities have assured of reopening the closed schools.
  • Press Meet with children and subsequent submission of memoranda to the Governor, Minister for Education, Minister for Women and Child Development and SHRC at state level has brought to light closure of schools by government and low quality of midday meals in the schools.  Children from Hyderabad shared about threat of closure of schools due to Metro Rail project in Hyderabad.  Girl children shared in the Press Meet about their parents’ worry about their security when they have to walk long distances to schools.  SHRC has sent notices to education department to respond to the petition.
  • There is increased visibility for PVCR in the state among other forums and networks.  This was made possible through participation of PVCR members in the meetings of various forums and making the stances of PVCR clear.  PVCR representatives attended three meetings organized by RtE Forum coordinated by SCF, Convergence meeting with government officers organized by CWS on school sanitation programme.
  • PVCR is recognized as an Alliance that works on holistic child rights by other networks and forums in the state.  Other forums have begun to think that there are other larger issues that are responsible for the violation of child rights.  This would pave the way for working together on child rights issues in the state. 
  • PVCR gave Press statements condemning the government’s decision to reduce the age of child under the definition of child.  It also participated in meetings conducted by social activists in Hyderabad and voiced out its opinion.  This has resulted in government not going ahead with its plan to reduce the age of the child under the definition of child.

 

2013-14:

  • The appointment of the Chairperson for the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) is a worthwhile achievement for PVCR as that gives an opportunity for the Alliance to engage with SCPCR towards protecting the child rights in the state in a more focused way.
  • Alliance has sent out a strong message to the state government by protesting against the closure of schools in the state.  Alliance also was able to ensure that 53 schools that were either closed or on the verge of closure were either reopened or continue to function.  As the access to education remains a big challenge to many poor children in the school, this intervention ensured the continuation of studies of a few hundred children.
  • The advocacy efforts of alliance members resulted in many child rights issues highlighted in the print media.  This has indirectly sensitized the public on the status of child rights in different districts.
  • Various improvements in the basic infrastructure facilities in 215 schools enhanced the quality of services in those schools, thereby giving children an opportunity to have quality education and infrastructure.  This also would prevent many children from dropping out from schools.
  • Reactivation of girls’ toilets in 133 schools resulted in preventing many girl children from dropping out of school as various surveys indicate that many girls drop out from schools due to non-availability of girls’ toilets.
  • The access to good facilities improved for many children studying in the social welfare hostels as infrastructure facilities have been improved in 110 hostels.  This has impacted the living conditions of those children in the hostels positively.
  • The fact-finding missions conducted by PVCR members brought to light various violations happening on children and sought accountability from the government in providing protection for the children.  Through this, public also were sensitized on the need for protection of child rights.  Apart from this, the culprits that were responsible for those violations of child rights were booked by the police.
  • The publication of research study report by PVCR on the status of malnutrition among children in A.P. brought to light the prevailing malnutrition among children and the status of ICDS centres in the state.  The findings of the report also brought to light that number of severe acute malnutrition cases in the state have almost doubled in the last 10 years.  This gves an advocacy opportunity for PVCR.  The report also sensitized public on the status of children thereby giving them an opportunity to raise this issues whenever they get an opportunity.
  • The Election Advocacy Campaign conducted by PVCR gave much more visibility to PVCR and the issues of children in the state.  That also resulted in political parties recognizing the importance of child rights thereby including atleast a few of them in their respective manifestos.
  • PVCR members also participated in meetings conducted by other networks and voiced their opinion on the current status of Right to Education Act implementation in the state. 
  • PVCR members participated in two television interviews on the issue of fluorosis in Nalgonda district and highlighted the plight of fluorosis-affected children in Nalgonda.  This resulted in the civil society recognizing how much neglected was the issue by the state government.  Pressure also was mounted on the Women and Child Development department for supply of regular egg and milk for children in Anganwadi centres and on the Rural Water Supply department to arrange safe drinking water connections to schools.

 

2014-15:

  • The election advocacy campaign and the follow-up done with different political parties had its impact during the year.  This was reflected in some useful government orders during the year.  Their positive effect is there on lakhs of children in the state.
  • The government order pertaining to parameters and guidelines to be followed in the assessment of SUW/SAM/MAM children will definitely improve the identification of the cases and monitoring.  Likewise, introduction of “gorumuddalu” scheme wherein government has recommended for special care and supervised feeding of SUW/SAM/MAM children is a forward step towards reducing the malnutrition among children.
  • The timely advocacy by PVCR which resulted in the prevention of closure of upper primary sections in 1428 schools protected the education rights of thousands of children across the state.
  • The cluster school system, about which government has not declared any specific policy, has been stalled by government due to wide-spread awareness that PVCR was able to create within different stakeholder groups that such a system poses threat to child’s right to education.  If not for the active advocacy on that issue by PVCR, hundreds of primary schools would have been closed or merged within this year. 
  • The provision of fine rice to children in schools, hostels and colleges is going to enhance the quality of midday meals in those institutions  This will have positive long term effect on child’s education and growth. 
  • PVCR’s response to protection issues of children in the state has sent out clear message that the government should act in a proactive manner to prevent such happenings through ensuring appropriate mechanisms in place.  This also sent out a message that culprits cannot go scot-free.  PVCR’s interventions in these matters were well recognized by other civil society organizations.
  • The SCPCR in the state continues to function and commission members are visiting the places and interacting with people to know about child rights violations. 
  • Alliance also was able to ensure that 26 schools that were either closed or on the verge of closure were either reopened or continue to function.  As the access to education remains a big challenge to many poor children in the school, this intervention ensured the continuation of studies of a few hundred children.
  • Various improvements in the basic infrastructure facilities in 113 schools enhanced the quality of services in those schools, thereby giving children an opportunity to have quality education and infrastructure.  This also would prevent many children from dropping out from schools.
  • Reactivation of girls’ toilets in 41 schools resulted in preventing many girl children from dropping out of school as various surveys indicate that many girls drop out from schools due to non-availability of girls’ toilets.
  • The access to good facilities improved for many children studying in the social welfare hostels as infrastructure facilities have been improved in 110 hostels.  This has impacted the living conditions of those children in the hostels positively.
  • The fact-finding missions conducted by PVCR members brought to light various violations happening on children and sought accountability from the government in providing protection for the children.  Through this, public also were sensitized on the need for protection of child rights.  Apart from this, the culprits that were responsible for those violations of child rights were booked by the police.