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- The right to participate is on of the less understood and implemented rights of children. The children are an integral part of any family or society. They have a right to participate in the affairs of the family, village, District and state. If participation is encouraged there is every chance that children will grow up to be citizens who feel the responsibility to develop the community. To encourage this participation the children need assistance from the adults. The parents, teachers, and politicians are the significant adults who can enhance participation of the children.
- Now that we know that children have rights we need to make the children/parents aware of these rights. One of these rights is the right to education. Every child has to be in school up to the age of 14. If the child is not in school then it is assumed that he/she is a child laborer. Though this is true many villagers/parents who never admit their children to school or have advised them to drop out of school may not agree that their children are child laborers. It is easier to establish the fact if the child is sent out to work for some one else for wages. But when the child is drawn to the family business it is much more difficult to convince the parents that their ward is a child laborer.
Ensuring Education for the Tsunami Affected Children in the coastal districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Krishna and East Godavari
- To provide Psycho-Social Support to the affected children and their parents.
- To create demand education among the people of the project area through awareness creation.
- To enroll and retain all the children, below 12 years, in the 40 villages chosen as the project area.
- To provide alternative education, combined with to relevant skills training for those children, above 40 years, who cannot cope up with regular school education for various reasons.
- To prevent mal nutrition among the children.
- To provide special care to girl children, the most discriminated among the target group, when compared to the boy-children
- To let the Community feel the ownership of the problem as well as solution and makes it self-propelled.
in Nellore district
Presently there are eight centres in this district. For more information on centres in Nellore district, readers may go to Anuragam 2.
Fifteen centres have been put up here. Anuragam 2 has more information.
in Krishna district
Anuragam 3 gives information on the four centres here.
in East Godavari district
A Development Commission of the Salesian Province of Hyderabad steers this programme. The Commission consists of the following members:
- Fr. Noel Maddhichetty, President (Provincial)
- Fr. Bellamkonda Sudhakar, Commission Delegate
- Fr. Thekkekara Antony, Member
- Fr. Thomas Pallithanam, Member
- Fr. Salibindla Bala Showry, Member
- Fr. T.V.Thomas, Member
- Fr. M.S.Michael, Member
The implementing team at the grassroot level consist of:
- Fr. B. Sudhakar, Director
- Mr. P.J. Job, Programme Coordinator
- Mr. N. Prabhudas, Coordinator-in-Nellore
- Mr. R. Srinivasa Rao, Coordinator-in-Prakasam
- Mr. Ch. Venkata Rao, Coordinator-in-Krishna-Godavari
Note: these links do not contain information about this project.
- Don Bosco, Province of St.Joseph, Hyderabad - official site
- Don Bosco Mission in India - official site
- Jugend Dritte Welt - official site (German language)