The Importance of Education & Care Linkages in Prevention of Family Separation of Children

Study conducted in 10 states by 22 NGOs share insights into the functioning of government schools and the urgent need for proper parental care

Proper parental care & state support is essential to the development of children according to a study conducted by 22 NGOs in 10 states of India. The study which was conducted in Delhi, Bihar, Odisha, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir was shared at the National Consultation on Education & Care organized by Butterflies & National Alliance of Grassroots NGOs.
The study further revealed a disparity in the quality of education & support provided at government schools vis-à-vis private schools followed by high hidden costs that discourage poor parents from sending their children to study. It was found that children are conscious about the need for caring parents and the need to talk to elders without fear or hesitation. Gender disparities were also observed in areas of play & studies and an age inappropriate school curriculum which further burdened children. Proper infrastructure like toilets (for both boys and girls), playground, labs, computers was also not available in most of the government schools.
The study stressed on the need for a conducive school atmosphere for children and a healthy teacher- student relationship. Respondents of the survey also demanded a regular interaction between parents/caregivers and teachers and schools and homes both free of gender discrimination. Parents should also actively engage themselves in their children’s lives so that the positive growth of their child is ensured. Schools should have adequate wash rooms for girls and boys and ensure the proper functioning of the School Management Committees. Close inter-agency collaboration should also be established between training centers, early childhood education institutions, primary schools, parents’ organizations and local authorities responsible for policy-making.

The recommendations developed by members of NAGN will be submitted to Ms. Rina Ray, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India to be incorporated into the New Education Policy.

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