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Education Program 2011-2012

The unfortunate victims of such a terrible conflict, suffered dual violence, one by the rival community, second by the government by depriving them from all legitimate entitlements forcing them to migrate and in some instances get trafficked. Limited food, no education, no employment, no health, no pure water, no housing, no sanitation in one word inhuman living condition.

For once at least present civilization of human being should feel ashamed about such living condition of their fellow beings.

With the warm support from, National Foundation for India (NFI), NERSWN supported the community run primary school that has imparted functional education to at least one thousand Adivashi children residing in the relief camps in the span of 14 years.

After living 14 years in the camps in an undignified condition, frustrated and broken from inside, 6000 odd Adivashis took charge of their life and disperse from the relief camp, started resettling in a deforested location called Jhawarbil. Freed themselves from the sufferings of relief camp to be haunted by terrible fears of getting evicted anytime by forest department. NERSWN followed the displaced community and started working for reducing their suffering. No presence of the government services except Forest Department in at least 10 k.m. radius. As a strategic entry point, NERSWN started a primary school with a great vision of promoting peaceful coexistence, tolerance, and other values along with education. The community-managed school is named as Suluk-Gwjwn Vidyalaya (Peace Academy), Jhawarbil supported by National Foundation for India, New Delhi through NERSWN. The school currently enrols 265 children from 12 Adivashi hamlets most of them are first-generation learners.

The NERSWN workers have pursued with the education department and got the newly set up school recognized under RTE (Right to Education) Act 2009. In order to fully provincialize the school, the NCPCR has been approached. A written note has also been given to NCPCR, Delhi. The local supervisors have visited the school once. But it still awaits a positive response from the government.

The AFLATOUN CSFE program was developed based on the principles of United Nations Convention on Right of the Child 1991 which talks about Survival, Protection, Participation and Development of children. The NERSWN has been carrying out this programme since 2010. This particular program has received lot of accolades from children, teachers and parents. The children who hardly had the joy of real learning got a chance to learn by doing. Inculcating the habit of saving among children along with giving them the real taste of togetherness are basic part of Aflatoun child social & financial education program.

Actualizing the concept to what the program envisages needs acceptance and participation from all stakeholders which this program has succeeded to achieve.

The Education team of NERSWN had completed three years with Aflatoun Child Social and Financial Education programme. Through the jour-ney of three years together with Aflatoun, NER-SWN have been able to produce 42 Trainers, 192 Trained Teachers covering 190 government schools reaching out to 8795 children. These children are now collectivised into 65 Children’s Club and Child-ren’s Bank.

Children now make regular visits to the post office, banks, district offices, and other institution to learn about their roles and responsibilities. The children’s collective and individual children are encouraged to initiate entrepreneurial activities. The children learn how to responsively participate in the processes that affects their life. These processes are intended towards enabling the children to become a responsible citizen in future.

Protecting the Children- Journey from Recipients to Participants

Kokrajhar being devastated by unending conflict of different nature since last three decades is still facing a stiff challenge. All wings of governance have struggled to function. Majority of families in the district have experienced internal displacement at one or other point of time in last three decades. The inhabi-tants of the district were forced to live like refugees in their own land.

In circumstances such as this, children have been the greatest victims. The abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect have been at the height. But these have never been talked and documented about. It has manifested into forced migration of children, burdening children with hard labour, rampant drop out, sexual exploitation, physical violence, destitution, deprivation from family & social care etc. Since last two years, NERSWN with generous support from UNICEF have been making humble efforts to create protective environment for the displaced children. As part of the effort, NERSWN has been running 3 Drop-In-Centers (DiC) in different location of the district inhabited by the displaced population. Through these DiCs NERSWN has reached out to more than 1000 children. Out of which 691 (282 male and 409 Female) are children below the age group of 6 to 18 years. Total of 64 (35 Male and 29 Female) drop outs were reenrolled. Total of 43 (20 Male and 23 Female) children have never enrolled were enrolled with the schools. Total of 36 (27 Male and 9 Female) forced migrants have been found and some of them have already been brought backis on to bring back the rest. In a culture of child labour denial also the families have reported 32 (9 male and 23 Female) involved with labour that took away their joyful childhood. Two cases of Juvenile being imprisoned being found. One is released and another is still in the process of being released due to active lobbying of child protection team. Several cases of trafficking have been reported and FIR against these cases has been filed with the respective police stations.

Through DiC, efforts have been made to build capacities of families, community and children themselves in order to enable to protect the children from all sorts of abuse and exploitation. Total of 3 exposure trips have been made from three DiC. Leadership training has been organized. Six adolescent clubs have been formed. Two of these clubs have been linked with SABLA program of the Department of Social Welfare through respective ICDS. Active advocacy efforts have been made for ensuring proper implementation of the different programs and schemes meant for the children especially for displaced children. There has been good deal of progress in becoming sensitive in preventing and responding to the cases of child rights violation by the government departments.

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