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Child Rights

PECUC is devoted for promotion of rights of the child guided by the framework of United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), 1989. It is taking up regular activities for  realization of survival, development , protection and participation rights of children. The strategies in this direction includes setting up of Child Rights Resource Centre, Child Development Centres at village level, formation of child Rights clubs and Child Protection Committees, campaign for right to education, eradication of child labour, campaign against child trafficking, promotion of inclusive education, leadership development, promotion of Child Reporters and publication of newsletter etc.

Child Rights Resource Centre

Child Rights Resource Centre i.e. Centre for Rights of the Child is functional at central level in Bhubaneswar, the capital city of Odisha state, taking actions for child rights monitoring & advocacy, information dissemination, sensitization & capacity building of different stake holders, study & research and policy advocacy.

Shradha Abhiyan

A campaign to promote love, affection, care & protection and education for the children was conceptualized and initiated during post super cyclone period in Balianta Block of Khordha District. Shradha Bhawans - Child friendly space,presently working as village level resource centres for children too promoted as part of Shradha Abhiyan. Presently 84 Shradha Bhawans are functioning in 84 villages of Patana Block of Keonjhar District, Odisha. Young children in the age group of 3-5 years are provided pre-school education and  children above 6 years of age who have never attended school are provided preparatory education and enrolled in the formal schools through these Shradha Bhawans. Bridge course is provided to school drop outs and they are mainstreamed into the full time formal schooling. The Centres also provide supplementary education to the school children.

Child Participation

The central focus of PECUC is to empower / equip children with information and knowledge about their rights and the matters affecting their day to day life. PECUC envisages children need to show talents, strength and perseverance in planning, decision making, organizing things and play as protagonists to protect their own rights. PECUC facilitates consultation process with children for policy research & advocacy.  PECUC incorporates child participation as primary component to all its missions and programmes.

Sishu Sabha (Child Rights Club)

Sishu Sabhas formed at the village level with children between the age group of 6-18 years from the respective village and federated at Panchayat level as Sishu Panchayat represented by of the Sishu Sabha members from all the villages of the Panchayat. The block level federation, Sishu Mahasabha (Child Federation) is formed with representation of all Sishu Panchayats. These are informal institutions formed by the children to discuss different issues related to child rights and to express their opinion. By 2009 PECUC promoted 118 Child Rights Clubs with membership strength of 8942 children.

Child Rights Protection Committee

Child Rights Protection Committees are formed at the village level involving the PRI members, teachers, ASHA, Anganwadi Workers, community leaders, women groups and the parents. The committee is formed to monitor child rights. The committee members interact with the members of the Sishu Sabha to understand their problems and concern and take their opinion for protection of their rights. The committee is also working for enrollment and retention of children in the formal schools. By 2009 PECUC promoted 118 Child Rights Protection Committees.

Event Organization

Special events like sports, games, cultural programmes, children’s festivals, children assembly, children parliament, children’s consultation on different issues etc. are being organized at the district and state level.

Campaigns

Campaigns are organized on right to education, eradication of child labour and prevention of child trafficking and female foeticide. Different strategies are adopted like rallies, pad yatras and demonstrations are organized by PECUC and through networks at the district, state and national level for effective implementation of child rights and influence necessary policy change. 

Campaign Against Child Labour

Campaign Against Child Labour (CACL) is a national level network of over 6000 anti-child labour groups ( Civil society organizations, women's group, trade unions, academic institutions, media agencies, child rights and human rights organizations, research institutes, corporate houses, student volunteers and imminent citizens) in 20 states. The campaign was launched in 1992. PECUC was hosting the National Secretariat from 2003-07. PECUC is also a state core team member of CACL, Odisha.

Odisha Alliance on CRC

Odisha alliance on Convention on Rights of the Child (OACRC) is an alliance of child rights networks and groups in Odisha. PECUC is hosting its Secretariat presently.



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