The Bal Adhikar Initiative
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The Bal Adhikar Initiative

Uttar Pradesh accounts for an estimated 20% of the country’s working children. In 2000, UNICEF in cooperation with IKEA set up the Bal Adhikar Initiative in the carpet belt of the state where children account for more than a fifth of the workforce.

The project was set up in 200 villages of the carpet-intensive Jaunpur, Bhadohi and Mirzapur districts. It now covers 500 villages and addresses:

• The denial of children’s rights to education
• The protection of children from exploitation and abuse
• The debt-poverty spiral

Currently, around 346,000 children up to the age of 14 years are reached through this Initiative. Around 24,000 children have been enrolled in primary school.  Around 850 self-help groups have been formed, helping more than 11,000 resource-poor women in the 500 villages covered by the Initiative.

Using this successful model, the long-term goal is an increase in the number and scale of community-centred approaches for the prevention of child labour by the government. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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