Childs Rights for Change Akola
Established in July 2009

Safe the Children has long been concerned about the high prevalence of harmful child work in India and actively engages with key stakeholders to raise awareness about its negative impact on child development. As Safe the Childrens partner NGO, IIYW has a shared desire to combat the harmful impact of child labour in the cotton industry.

The Child Rights for Change project in Akola focuses on four key areas of exploitation that children could be subjected to within the cotton industry (cotton and cotton seed farms only) which are: a weak child protection environment, poor quality education, as well as a complex policy environment and ineffective policy enforcement.

The project provides a holistic combination of community based child protection mechanisms, qualitative formal education, accelerated learning programmes (ALP), vocational and life skills training, and cotton field related interventions. Additionally, it provides links with various social security schemes targeting vulnerable families with children under 14 years of age, as well as adolescent children (15-18), as a means of withdrawing children from work and also preventing others from entering the work force.

Under the component of education, children in the age group of 3-6 years (pre-primary school), 6-14 years (primary school age) and 15-18 years (adolescent) have been targeted under specific interventions. In addition, the project has trained government officials to improve awareness on child rights and strengthened co-ordination mechanisms across departments .


The main target is to take steps forward towards Child labour free Villages. The project wants to provide a community based child protection system, qualitative education, life skill/vocational training and ALP`s. They try to create links with several social security schemes targeting vulnerable beneficiaries. A primary focus has been on girls and women from high-risk families across the four thematic interventions of child protection, inclusive education, womens empowerment, and preventative health. Child Rights for Change wants to improve awareness on child rights. Therefore they use also cotton field interventions.


Within the first three years of working on the project, some major impact has been seen according to the target we observed following the top line (TLI) performances of our institutions.

TLI Performance of IIYW up to November 2012

TL No. Indicators Target 2009-13 Progress Till November 2012 % achieved Till November 2012
1 Number of children helped out of exploitative child labour 6,220 3285.00 52.81
2 Number of child labour free villages 50 34.00 68.00
3 Number of community-based protection groups formed & active 100 78.00 78.00
4 Number of children’s groups formed and active 100 88.00 88.00
5 No. of parents and community members (HH) sensitised on hazards of child labour, gender equity and child protection issues 21,025 18218.00 86.65
6 No. of adolescents, including girls, trained in life skills 9,200 6771.00 73.60
7 No. of children receiving birth registration 1,355 4152.00 306.42
8 Children acquiring quality pre-school readiness skills (ages 3-6) 4,455 3627.00 81.41
9 No. of children below 14 completing primary schooling 11007 3797.00 34.50
10 No. of women from BPL households (Below Poverty Line) who enhance income from SHG (Self Help Group) savings & credit 11,680 6233.00 53.36
11 No. of women from BPL households (Below Poverty Line) who access NREG scheme 11,680 3568.00 30.55
12 No. of women from BPL households (Below Poverty Line) who access social security scheme 11,680 5540.00 47.43
13 No. of adolescent girls completing vocational trainings 2,990 744.00 24.88
14 No. of adolescent girls acquiring knowledge on health risks of cotton work related health issues 2,990 5248.00 175.52
15 No. of women acquiring knowledge on health risks of cotton work related health issues 11680 10339.00 88.52

After these progressive indicators, following are some of the best practices as observed in our Participation Stay in school Mega Event project.
  • 500 Street plays in 100 villages and 1500 CGs Participation Stay in school Campaign Mega Event
Our Plan:

Before the festival started we planned to organize a theater for development (TFD) through a development activist. With the help of this development activist (D.A.) we trained 1500 CG of every village. This D.A. should train 15 CG of their village in every village. We selected five places for performance:
  • Grampanchayat
  • School
  • Samaj Mandir/Mandir
  • Chouk /square
  • Chawadi(Meeting place of the village)
After this performance we planned to issue the certificate of direction to D.A. and certificate of participation to CG member.

The title of the street play was Amache Gaon Shetatil Bal Majuri Mukt Gaon and the street play script contained:
  • Importance of regularity of school
  • 2. education is my right
  • 4. Need of child labour free village
  • 5. Responsibility of villagers related to child rights issue.
  • 6. Importance of school
At last with experience of theater for development our D.A. started practicing in villages with CG. And the CG group of every village started their venture as a mission for the dates 21, 22, 23 October 2012.

100 villages were covered with the mission to create a child labour free village and every child should go to school with the title Amache Gaon Shetatil Bal Majuri Mukt Gaon and 1500 CG, 41 D.A. and all the SMC member, CPC member, SHG Group with our CRC Staff made this mega event successful.

  • The village wai mana of the Murtijapur block suffered with problems of class discrimination. Usually, lower cast people never ventured into the holy place of the upper class, whilst the upper class people never ventured into the holy place of the lower class, but the street plays were presented in both areas. Our CG group contained children of both classes. The street plays artists from CG group presented their street play in the pendol of DURGA DEVI. People of all casts gathered there. The street play was also presented in samaj mandir at baudh wada where people of both casts watched the play and shared their views. Here the street play was needed to destroy the barriers between classes.
  • We present the importance of gram sabha in our street play. The impact of the street play took hold in 4 villages, namely Sangvi Bu., Vallabhnager, Sangvi khu., Chachondi. Had gramsabha and now these 4 villages are child labor free villages.
  • Due to the stay in school campaign Abhijit Wankhade, of unkhed village and an irregular student, became regular.
  • The urdu school student (Girls) of umari arab participated in street plays and performed for the first time in their village area.
  • While performing street plays, children in lakhpuri village were rewarded with Rs. 401 by the villagers and bought 4 wall watches to their school.
  • In the village of Palso badhe children were rewarded with Rs. 501 and they gave this whole amount to Anndhan as their contribution.
  • The CG Group artist of kolambi got the chance to present their street play in state the level agriculture festival in Akola, organized by the Agriculture University Akola.
  • Most of the villages promised that they would never engage a child in field for work.
  • 10 villages promised to have a gram sabha up to 26 Jan. 2013.

District level child protection committee

Our district level child protection committee has one of best practices of our project. We had 51 members of different fields working with us to fight against child labour, child sexual abuse, and for the implantation of RTE.

Our School enrollment campaign

Our School enrollment campaign to reduce child labour mainly focused on the goal to build public opinion to reduce child labour in agriculture by sensitizing the key stakeholders, creating awareness in communities and ensuring the enrollment of out of school children in school. These were our different activities during the campaign:
  • Auto Banner Awareness
  • Human Chain
  • Audio C D Video C D
  • Costume man activity
  • Welcoming door name plates
  • Swearing letter
  • Massive Rally
Block level Child Group formation.

This activity was conducted in both blocks and 211 students participated. Childrens participation, as outlined in an Article 12 of UN convention on the right of the child, states that children have the right to be heard and considered in decisions affecting them. This Article, in addition to the Articles 13, 14, and 15, established the childs right of access to information, freedom of belief and freedom of association. This put the issue of child participation on the agenda. The subsequently developed participatory process provides invaluable life experiences for young citizens, our future leaders, for they learn how to make wise decision on issues affecting them, contributing to making local governance more effective and efficient. Hence, we formed a CG group at block level.

CG members had been selected by a democratic process to form a core group. We also find out following criteria for selection of village level core group:
  • Must be in age group 12-16 year
  • Must have been a regular and active member since the last 2 years
  • Needs to be dedicated to work for children issues.
  • Is a good communicator.
  • Has helped children to be mainstreamed in school.
The selected core group members will participate at the Block CPCG at District level.

Film on child right issues

Our IIYW team Akola made a short film on the issues of child rights it containing five subjects.
  • 1) Prevention of child labour
  • 2) Prevention of child sexual abuse
  • 3) Right to participation
  • 4) Right to Development
  • 5) Right to protection
The effective part of this short film was that all the actors were our staff members. Within a few months this short film was shown in an Akola multiplex to raise awareness.

At last our CPC, CG, SMC, SHG, are working here hand in hand for the implementation of child right issues. With the co-ordination of all we were successful in making 34 villages child labour free which is a major achievement of our team.


The IIYW`s project in Akola focuses on continuing their concept, thats means in general:
  • To create a common understanding of the goals and actions that were set up, among the village people.
  • To support sharing between partners and government systems, CBOs, and village peoples.
  • Attachment of the village people with child rights and other child related issues.

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