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Being a small village of 150 households, Rajapur in Maharashtra has no upper primary school. The children residing here, therefore, have to travel nearly 7 km every day to attend school in the neighbouring village.
A stretch of one-and-a-half km connecting these two villages was a kuccha road (unconstructed).
Due to the poor condition of the road, children preferred skipping classes, especially during the monsoon season.
Under our Child Rights for Change project, a 12-member Child Protection Committee was formed in the village. The committee members then took up the task to get the road repaired, so that children could easily reach their school.
With their efforts, the stretch has been levelled for temporary usage. Children have started using the new road and some are even cycling to school. These children are now keen to attend school as the walk to the school is no longer as difficult.
Today, 11 girls and 9 boys from Rajapur regularly attend higher secondary school and two even go to college.
About the Project:
Child Rights for Change is a long term initiative that aims to make child labour socially and culturally unacceptable amongst parents, farmers, communities and other duty bearers in the major cotton producing states in India.
The project is underway in 1,882 villages across 4 districts of Gujarat (Ahmedabad, Bharuch, Surendranagar and Sabarkantha) and 4 districts of Maharashtra (Akola, Amaravati, Buldana and Washim).
Recently, we have expanded our efforts to Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan.
Through this project, we are strengthening child rights to prevent child labour in the cotton growing areas of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan. The programme includes: