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Child Status in India

  • About 6 crore children below age of 6 live below poverty line
  • India has more malnourished children as compared to any other nation
  • Weight of 53 per cent of children below age of five is lower than normal
  • 67 percent child mortality is due to malnutrition
  • Child mortality rate among under five years age is 115 per 1,000 children
  • Child mortality rate is 72 per 1,000
  • Every year 20 lakh children below one year die
  • 50 percent of children between age of 5-14 years don’t go to school
  • 70-80 lakh children of age 6-11 do not go to school

Early childhood is very sensitive for child development. Children need an enabling environment in which they could avail the opportunities of life experiences and develop own vision of understanding. Present eduction system and policies provide stress, pressure and fear among the children, which keep them away from realistic education and experiences. Rather than educational experiences children require sensitive and emotional skills and emotional relationship between teacher and child is the base of effective and qualitative education.

MMBA believes that at each level boys and girls should identify their capabilities for participating in the process of development and making their own identity. Male and female are both responsible for care and development of children. So to ensure this in actual form it is must to avail community and family based child development supportive services to the children through various activities. To accelerate the efforts in the concern it is need to keep in mind that woman who is the first school and care taker for child requires the economical liberty and support of family and community.

The organisation is extending the efforts as a network of government and non government agencies over the issue so as to ensure better implementation and management of programme.

Fundamental Right to Education

To ensure education as basic right, MMBA has collaborated with Jan Morcha, a state level network of NGOs in Rajasthan, and Network for Fundamental Right to Education, a national level network. With the support of these networks the organisation initiated a movement to get the views of the rural communities incorporated in the 93rd Constitutional Amendment. The villagers raised the pressure on the Government through regular correspondence and strengthen the community based advocacy through various activities which were organised from village level to national level.

Child Advocacy Manch

For strengthening the process of Panchayati raj and village development, children could play the major role because they are the future of development. Keeping this in mind, elections were held in schools to elect the sarpanch, panch and gram sevak and confederate Bal Panchayat. In these panchayats students were explained about roles and responsibilities of these leaders for developing the leadership skills in students. On every Saturday meetings of these Bal Panchayats were organised with role plays, songs, stories other informative session through which children could develop a understanding about the Panchayats and its working. These Panchayats have been formed in 15 villages of remote area. The organisation enabled the environment for those child leaders and later formed the Child Advocacy Manch in these 15 villages. Members of these Manch are 10 to 15 years of age.