Villages in Samastipur district, Bihar have adequate numbers of primary and secondary schools for children, but the schools are not functioning properly. Despite the fact the Right to Education (RtE) Act was passed 10 years ago, neither the communities nor the school teachers are aware of its provisions. According to a survey conducted in 2015 by a partner organisation, it was found that many children dropped out of school to work as child labour, or because of seasonal migration, poverty and unawareness about the importance of education.
The recent shocking revelation of children being raped in a shelter home in the neighbouring district of Muzaffarpur has demonstrated the need to closely monitor the status of security of children and strict implementation of policies related to child protection.
Lack of access to basic healthcare facilities coupled with poverty has led to children suffering from severe cases of malnutrition and preventable diseases, especially children belonging to vulnerable communities.
Our project aims to ensure education for all children above 6 years of age as per the RtE Act 2009 and seeks to spread awareness about the importance of education. Through community mechanisms, we seek to make schools functional and prevent children from dropping out. Working with the district authorities, we plan to facilitate and strengthen school management authorities (SMCs) and the Village Child Protection Committees to ensure the protection of children and their security.
We will work towards making Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) centres in the district functional to address the problem of malnutrition, monitor implementation of mid-day meals in schools as well as facilitate access to basic healthcare and services. More than 12,500 children are expected to benefit from this project.
Your support would help ensure children in Samastipur are protected, have access to nutrition and education. Your contribution would enable children to lead a fulfilling childhood and help realise their own potential. Please act for children for a better future.