Strengthening Anganwadis across Jharkhand

In the year 2016, in a state level program, the Ministry of Social Welfare, Government of Jharkhand had offered Campaign for Right to Education in Jharkhand (CREJ) – an alliance of grassroots level NGOs supported by CRY, to build model pre-schools in 50 Anganwadis. The model building process was initiated in 25 Anganwadis, in collaboration with Jharkhand State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (JSCPCR), to make it more effective in terms of monitoring and support. Following the guidelines, CREJ has also prepared a complete documentation on pre-school education model building.

For this project, 5 districts such as Giridih, Koderma, Godda, Dumka and East Singhbhum were chosen. After the successful completion of this process, a state level program was carried out at Dumka, in order to launch the Pre-School Education Model Building in the Anganwadi centres across Jharkhand.

Mrs. Luis Marandi, Minister Women and Child Development and Ministry of Social Welfare, Govt. of Jharkhand attended the programme as the Chief Guest. Other distinguished guests including Chairperson of JSCPCR, Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, District Social Welfare Officer and members of JSCPCR were present in this program. There were more than 200 participants comprising Child District Protection Officers, Supervisors, Anganwadi workers, Sahiyas, members of the Panchayat, NGO representatives and children, who were also a part of the same.

Indicators, developed on pre-secondary model were also released by the Minister from this platform. The benefit of the model will reach to all the children, enrolled in more than 40,000 Anganwadi centres across Jharkhand.

In her speech the Minister, Dr. Luis Marandi said that, “many of us still hold this perception that Anganwadi is a khichdi centre but our process would change the perspective of people. An Anganwadi centre is not only feeding centre but is a centre of culture. It is a place for preparing and strengthening fundamental of children thus all should work collectively”. The contribution and commitment of CREJ and CRY was duly acknowledged by the ministers.

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