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Musings from Our CEO: Bidisha Pillai’s Visit to Assam

Musings from Our CEO: Bidisha Pillai’s Visit to Assam

Save the Children’s CEO- Bidisha Pillai travelled to Assam and shared some reflections from the field. According to Bidisha, the work that we are doing in Dibrugarh, with small tea growers focusing on sustainable business practices, ensuring fair wages for labourers (especially women) and protecting the rights of children in the tea gardens, is incredibly important, and potentially game-changing. There are many issues there, which include the fact that basic services like schools, Anganwadi centres, and hospitals are not always available to these marginalised communities, and even if they are, then the quality of services provided leaves much to be desired.

The main issue with the small tea growers that appeared to leap out, was income poverty: because of the poor margins that they generate from the tea production, they are unable to pay minimum wages to the labourers, which leads to problems like school dropouts, child labour, and early marriage. There was a discussion about the need for more in-depth data to improve our understanding of these issues.

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Meet Team India: All Set for Making a Mark at Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019

Meet Team India: All Set for Making a Mark at Street Child Cricket World Cup 2019

Soni Khatoon: 15-year-old Soni lives with her family in the EJC Durgapur Dock Junction area of Kolkata. This area is primarily like a garage for trucks. Her family comprises of her father, mother, and her elder brother. Her parents admitted their elder son in an English medium school but they denied Soni access to quality education.

Ayushman: 14-year-old Ayushman lives in a slum tugged in the outskirts of Kolkata. His family comprises his father, mother, and three siblings. He is the youngest among all the siblings. Ayushman’s father moved to Kolkata in 1979 and worked at a tea producing company for around 25 years until the company shut down in 1995. Currently, he is working as the President of the EJC Durgapur Basti Committee. Ayushman’s life have been replete with struggles and obstacles.

Lusi Sharma: 13-year-old Lusi belongs to an extremely poverty-stricken family of Kolkata. She lives with her father, mother and five siblings. Her father is a carpenter and mother is a housewife. Currently, Lusi and all her siblings go to school. But because of the financial constraints their family is facing, Lusi might have to drop out of school.

Md. Waris: Md. Waris is a 12-year-old cheerful boy residing in the slums of Broad Street, Kolkata. His family comprises his father, mother, and three sisters. His family has been trying to battle poverty and make ends meet for a long time. His father is a rickshaw driver and mother is working as a domestic help in a house.

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Ensuring the Right Start for Young Children of Bengaluru

Ensuring the Right Start for Young Children of Bengaluru

The creation of a model Hub Centre at Bashettihalli, in Bengaluru (rural), has sparked unprecedented interest among the communities, teachers and children and created a true sense of ownership by the Panchayats -- thereby transforming education of 3-6 year olds across Karnataka. The activity is an important part of the 3-year-long Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) program, being run by Save the Children – in partnership with Makkala Jagriti – since July 2017. It will conclude in March 2020.
 

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Advocating for a National Policy at Integrating Different Kinds of Learning

Advocating for a National Policy at Integrating Different Kinds of Learning

Save the Children participated in the 'National Conference on Social and Emotional Learning' in Nagpur on 2nd March 2019. The conference witnessed participation from organisations like UNICEFUNESCO New Delhi OfficeTata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, Dalai Lama Centre for Ethics, and more.

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Save the Children’s Board Member Shortlisted as a Finalist of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize

Save the Children’s Board Member Shortlisted as a Finalist of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize

Save the Children congratulates its board member Dr Swaroop Rawal for being named as one of the top 10 finalists of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. An Ex-Miss India and a veteran actor, Dr Swaroop, has been shortlisted from around 10,000 nominations and applications across 179 countries.

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