The National Consultation on Education in Areas Affected by Civil Strife being held in the capital on December 10-11, was inaugurated by Dr. M.M Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resources Development.
Key stakeholders have come together to deepen the understanding about the status of education against the backdrop of complexities in these affected areas.
This platform will create an opportunity for dialogue and discourse amongst the partners on the context, challenges and possibilities for implementing the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education enacted in April 2010 in areas affected by civil strife with a particular focus on advancing quality education with equity.
The consultation is being jointly organized by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), National University of Educational Planning & Administration (NUEPA) and UNICEF and coincides with the International Human Rights Day, being celebrated today.
From the consulatation
Day 1: Consultation on Education in Areas Affected by Conflict
The two day consultation focuses on the need to understand the contexts of civil strife, the challenges in implementation of the landmark Right to Education Act, especially in reaching marginalized children living in the affected districts.
Day 2- Presenting recommendations of Consultation on Education in CSAs
Re-configure schools in conflict areas:
• Schools in strife areas need to be re-defined to meet the multiple and complex needs of children in affected areas.
• Schools need to become inclusive spaces and examine the violence within the schools that comes from discrimination in various forms.
Photo Essay - Art Based Therapy - Nurturing Expression, Healing Minds
Large parts of the Bastar region in Indian state of Chhattisgarh, have been affected by a violent civil strife. Caught in the cross-fire, thousands of children either orphaned or separated are now growing up ashramshalas.
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Sports for Development and Peace Building
UNICEF’s engagement in Sukma district is part of humanitarian response to address issues that emerged due to the civil strife. Among other initiatives, sports and physical eucation were seen as activities that could help children deal with the trauma.
Beyond Chalk and Talk –Imparting Vocation to the Young
The IBT Programme (also known as the Parivartan Shiksha Abhiyan, to signal the changes that education needs) was started in 2011 to promote work-centred education.
Education Gets a New Lease of Life
UNICEF offers support through programmes like school libraries to promote reading and age appropriate sports and physical education activities in an attempt to make schooling attractive for children.
Video - Thank Your Hero- Soni Mada
Separated from his family due to conflict in his home town in Sukma, Chattisgarh, Soni Mada picked pieces of his life when UNICEF through the Sports for Development programme got him enrolled as Khela Mitra.