When children’s rights become our responsibility
Merril, 27 Feb 2015

Sports day Children enjoying themselves at an activity  by NGO Magicbus



Organisations like CRY, Akansha and Magic Bus are  household names, today. CRY focuses on the child labour menace and Akansha focuses on providing education to children from underserved communities. Magic Bus is renowned for using sport to build confidence in children from underserved communities. Thus first step has paved the way for Magicbus to conduct vaccination programmes, empower the girl child, and inculcate the importance of health and hygiene in children. Phoenix Sports, yet another non-profit started by handball aficionado Sai Hattangadi in 2006, also focuses on changing the lives of underprivileged children through sports, as does Khel Khel Mein, an initiative by a Teach For India fellows in Delhi.

 

Prominent organisations in the field

  • CRY

  • Akansha

  • Teach For India

  • Akshaypatra

  • Smile Foundation

  • Adani Foundation

  • Shiv Nadar Foundation

  • Pratham

  • Prava Foundation

For the physically challenged

Most of the problems that children face get compounded when it comes to those who face physical and mental challenges. More often than not, deaf children in India end up dropping out of school, as the chances of learning through normal methods used in the classroom is slim to none. The Noida Deaf Society, bridges the gap and gives such students a chance to learn, develop skills and find a job to sustain themselves and their families. For Aditi, one of the four hearing employees at the organisation, the first challenge was to learn Indian Sign Language (ISL). Today, she manages the organisation’s employability programmes at six of their centres, which train 1000 deaf youth every year.

 

Specialisations

Education is merely one aspect of child welfare and schooling. This domain is vast, as children everywhere need help and support. Other areas include, adoption and fostering; Child welfare and Rights; Education; Sexual and drug abuse; Counselling, including; Addressing dilemmas; Special education needs, and Day care.

 

Organisations

This domain has a mix of Indian and international non-profits, international agencies, CSR units, governmental organisations, as well as philanthropy organisations working to improve the lot of children in India and across the world. The Adani Foundation started the Adani Vidya Mandir for children across 1400 villages, while the Shiv Nadar Foundation pioneered VidyaGyan, a school that picks  the brightest students from underserved communities and offers them a world-class education. Organisations in this domain require a mixed bag of professionals – counsellors, special educators, programme managers, activists, human rights lawyers, amongst others – from various streams. 

Select courses in Children Studies

Course

Institution

MA Education (Early Childhood Care and Education)

Ambedkar University, New Delhi

MA Social Work with Children & Families

Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumabi

PG Diploma in Child Health

St. John’s Medical College; Assam Medical College

MA in Child Rights & Development

Assam Don Bosco University

PG Diploma in Paediatrics

Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Pune

Santanu-MishraSantanu Misra

Co-Founder & Executive Trustee, Smile Foundation

Besides Social Work students, being an interdisciplinary field, we need qualified personnel from economics, education, sociology, medicine, philosophy, politics, anthropology, and psychology. You need commitment, patience, flexibility, problem-solving skills and analytical skills to cope with  traumatic situations in the field, and to make a difference

 

 

Aditi-AgrawalAditi Agarwal

Programme Manager - Noida Deaf Society

Indian Sign Language is a complete language like any other language. But when I first started learning it, I felt very conscious, as I had to use my hands to communicate. But I didn’t have the liberty of learning it as a classroom programme; I was actually thrown into the pool where deaf students were counting on me to understand and communicate with them. My students don’t have two of their senses – ability to talk and hear. But the excitement in their body language, the dreams in their eyes, and the hope they have for future, just makes you believe that anything is possible.

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