After the success of the Child Parliament last year, where 3000 children pledged to take a stand on issues that affected their education, Childreach India have been hosting follow up sessions.
The post-parliament sessions have been facilitated by the 100 representatives from the parliament at their own schools. They share what they have learnt through My School My Voice, and actively encourage their classmates to join the “I pledge for – regular attending in school/completing my education” campaign.
So far, six sessions have been held with over 2,000 children in two secondary schools, with a further ten scheduled to take place soon. The students discuss issues that cause children to drop out of school, which includes hygiene, equality, protection, participation and quality of education.
Here are some of the solutions that the budding parliamentarians have discussed:
· The Child Helpline number 1098 should be made more known and explained to children in the schools.
· The government school should provide books for free, but often these are received after the academic year is finished. The children have started collecting second hand books to share with those who do not have any.
· How to make dustbins using waste materials such as plastic bottles and rolls of tape to help keep their environment clean.
· Films on hygiene and sanitation to be screened in schools to impress upon the children the importance of washing your hands, waste disposal, flushing toilets, etc.
· Another video explains ‘Safe Touch, Unsafe Touch’, making children aware of their bodies and empowering them to say “no” if they feel unsafe.
In other news:
The ‘I Learn to Read, I Learn to Write’ group’s fortnightly assessment of 150 children showed an 85% success rate in literacy, maths and Hindi. This is a fantastic achievement for the students.
The Girls Action Group took up the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat mission by going door-to-door in their community to encourage their neighbours to clean the streets.