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    21 Nov
    21 Nov
  • CONFEDERATION OF ARUNODHAYA CHILDREN SANGAM ‘Protect Children from Drug Abuse’ANNUAL CONVENTION 2017  PRESS NOTE Arunodhaya, a Child rights organisation works towards a vision of creating a just society in which every child enjoys childhood assured of its rights with dignity and happiness. Arunodhaya believes that all children are born with an inherent right to justice, peace and freedom and deserve access to all fundamental human rights including education, health care, love, respect, security and protection. It is a frozen fact that women and children are the most vulnerable communities of the society. Drug abuse is becoming a widespread problem in the Indian society and Tamil Nadu is no exception. According to National Crime Records Bureau, Tamil Nadu records 205 deaths in 2014 due to drugs. In recent days the incidence of drug abuse among children and adolescents is higher than the general population. India does not have a substance abuse policy for children. There is also a high incidence of charging children under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. India does not have de-addiction center to deal with child substance abuse problems. The use of tobacco is another major concern amongst children. In India 20 million children a year and nearly 55,000 children a day are drawn into a tobacco addition. The number of incidents of drug abuse amongst school children is on the rise in comparison to previous years. More and more teenagers seem to be addicted to alcohol and tobacco products. This is mainly because of easy availability of drugs access to children. Last year a schoolboy was admitted in hospital after consuming drug chocolates which was sold near his school in RK Naga, Chennai. With increasing number of alcoholic and drug addicts, a large numbers of poor families are suffering economically and emotionally. Women getting beaten up by drunken husband, children are unable to concentrate in their studies in such disturbing conditions. This also leads to increase in the number of suicides and school drop outs. Taking this into consideration Confederation of Arunodhaya Children Sangam children decided to create awareness on drug abuse this year during their Annual convention. 300 children from north Chennai are coming together with their demands to protect every child and create awareness on drug abuse. Children affected by drugs will be sharing their experience on the ill effects of drug. Human Chain Children did saree painting on the theme ‘Effects of Drug Abuse’. During the program (10 am to 10.30 am) children will stand as human chain for 1 km with the saree painting creating awareness on the ill effects of drugs. Cultural Program Children are creating awareness on drug abuse through various forms of cultural program. Children are planning to perform street theatre, oyilattam and parai dance during the program. Guests of honour  Mr. D.  Prince Intelligent officer, Narcotics Crime Bureau  Mr. P.Stephen Asst Commissioner of Police N1 police station, Royapuram Ms. Sangeetha Isvaran Director, Wind Dancer  Mr. Louis Sagayaraj Country Representative –ASMAE   Ms. Virgil D’ Sami Executive Director, Arunodhaya   Demands of Confederation of Arunodhaya Children Sangam children     1   To Close Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) as men and children are getting addicted to alcohol. Children           living in this situation are pushed to mental pressure which leads to school dropout. Particularly to shut down TASMAC that are existing near Schools, hospitals, bus stop, banks and public places To strictly implement law banning smoking at public place and strictly punish people who trespass this law. Government should provide a complaint box in public places to register complains on drug abuse. A toll…

    15 Feb
    15 Feb
  • Forum for land and livelihood Rights of the coastal community Arunodhaya centre for street and working Children CHILDREN NAGARA SABAI CONVENTION 2016 ‘ENSURING CHILD PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNANCE’     Supported by      Action AId   Date: 28th Dec 216                                                                                                            Time: 11.00 am to 01.00 pm   Venue: St Kevin’s School No. 9, Arathoon Road,Royapuram, Chennai 13   Press Note Arunodhaya is a non government, non-profit voluntary organization registered as a public charitable trust in the year 1992. Arunodhaya believes that all children are born with an inherent right to justice, peace and freedom and deserve access to all fundamental human rights including education, health care, love, respect, security and protection. Today’s children are future citizens. A nation’s development depends on the development of its children. Child participation is one of the core principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Children have ability to influence the direction of social change to create a more just social and economic order, nationally and internationally. Arunodhaya’s Child Friendly Corporation is the embodiment of the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the local level, which in practice means that children’s rights are reflected in policies, laws, programmes and budget. The concept of participation emphasizes that including children should not only be a momentary act, but the starting point for an intense exchange between children and adults on the development of policies, programmes and measures in all relevant context of children’s lives. In a child friendly corporation, children are active agents their voices and opinions are taken into consideration and influence decision making processes. Children Nagara Sabai asserts that children and young people have the right to freely express their views and that there is an obligation to listen to children’s views and to facilitate their participation in all matters affecting them within the family, schools, local communities, public services, institutions, government policy, and judicial procedures. When children and young people learn to communicate opinions, take responsibility and make decisions, they develop a sense of belonging, justice, responsibility and solidarity. One of the most effective ways to ensure the participation of children in these processes is to formalize links between children and decision-makers. Arunodhaya Children Nagara Sabai is created in 25 Chennai municipality wards. The list of wards where children nagara sabai exist is annexed below. Each ward has 10 elected child councilors who are trained on government structure, children legislations, child commission and advocacy. Child councilor from each ward is elected in a democratic way where members of Children Nagara Sabai vote for the candidates standing for election. These elected members act as representatives who voice out to the adult councilors, leaders and other stakeholders to bring a positive change in their community. The Nagar sabai does not stop with children gaining space, raising their voice and adults listening but it has lead to action where children have and continue to influence decision making and implementation of programmes. Arunodhaya Children nagara sabai has 27,599 child members. They meet four times a year (National girl child day, April 30 Anti child labour day, Independence day, Children’s Day) with the community based organizations (CBOs) and stakeholders. Children Nagar Sabai needs the presence of adult councilors, leaders and other stakeholders as audience to listen to the voice of children. The children Nagar Sabai meetings being convened is an effort towards creating space to express their views and present their demands and able to raise their voice. Children have developed a good rapport with the ward councilors and community leaders. The child councilors are also members in School monitoring committee, housing monitoring committee, Community child…

    15 Feb
    15 Feb
  • CONFEDERATION OF ARUNODHAYA CHILDREN SANGAM Arunodhaya Centre for Street and Working Children CHILD PROTECTION DAY – July 16th 2016 In 2004 Kumbakonam school fire accident happened claiming the life of 94 students of the primary section of the Krishna English Medium School on 16 July 2004. The accident was one of the four major fire accidents and largest school accident in Tamil Nadu, and second in terms of casualties for fire incidents in schools in India. A decade after on July 30, 2014, Thanjavur district sessions court sentenced school founder Pulavar Palanichamy to life imprisonment and fined Rs 51,65,700. Ten others including school staff and officials from the municipality and education department of the state, were sentenced to five year imprisonment. Eleven accused, including three teachers were released from the case. The Main Reason for the accident is The school teachers were not trained properly to handle the situation. The school was not inspected by the educational official for three years The building laws were not followed as the school had a thatched kitchen and classroom roof, no emergency exits. The school did not have fire safety equipment The Justice Sampath Commission said: “It was avaricious cruelty on the part of the management to have made so many innocent children sit in the classes under the thatched roof and lose their precious lives. The authorities had been hoodwinked or purchased outright for allowing the management to run three schools where not even one school could be run.” Even today child protection or the safety of children is a high threat. Children are abused, neglected, exploited at school, house and in the society. LAWS, POLICY AND PROGRAMMES available in India for child Protection Policy and Schemes National Policy for Children (NPC) , 2013 Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) Commissions National commission for protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) State commission for protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) District Child Protection Unit (DCPU) Laws The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO)Act, 2012 Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2014 Prohibition of Child Marriage Act CHILD ABUSE INCIDENTS AT SCHOOL IN RECENT DAYS Lack of Infrastructure Two school girls were crushed to death after a 9-feet wall collapsed on them at their          school campus in Besant Nagar, Avvai Illam’s T. V. Ramamoorti Girls School. April 13, 2015. No Security guards in schools. A six-year-old boy, Sivaram, was beaten to death by his schoolmate who was all of 12 years in a school in Tirupur city. This incident happened at 8 am.  Jan 28th 2016. 26 army school student admitted in hospital over food poisoning at Amaravathi 16th June 2016 In the schools that we study the following problems are identified. No separate cooking area for preparing noon meals. This poses threat of fire accident occurring. No compound wall is constructed in many schools. Sometimes cows and dogs study along with the children. A big hall is converted into class rooms without partition. Toilet facilities are not sufficient. Play ground not available and emergency exit not present in many schools. Physical abuse by teachers                               In Sheba Primary school located in Kaladipet, Thiruvellur a teacher punished a girl studying in UKG, with burnt match stick. Burnt marks were found in her legs. The teacher was dismissed after the child’s parent complained. Feb, 2016 In Seethakaadhi Matriculation school at Nethaji nagar Tondiarpet, A girl studying in UKG was subjected to sever corporal punishment by her teacher Ms Fathima. The child suffered from blood clot in hip and legs. 10th March 2016 A Boy from Kodambakkam studying 10th at Ramakrishna Mission attempted suicide on 24th June as teacher…

    18 Jul
    18 Jul
  • A comprehensive law should be enacted immediately for Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry to ensure free, quality, compulsory and equitable education for all children up to either Standard XII or till 18 years of age, said a manifesto on child rights, passed by the Coalition of Child Rights Networks, here on Sunday. Read More… Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on Linkedin Share Share on Digg Share

    04 Dec
    04 Dec
  • The self-help group movement, largely confined to women until now, is being extended to men in the city. A non-governmental organisation, Arunodhaya, has established around 20 SHGs for men at various locations since last month. Members of the groups get trained in income generating activities such as servicing of mobile phones, air-conditioners and computers according to their educational qualification. Read More… Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on Linkedin Share Share on Digg Share

    04 Dec
    04 Dec
  • The National Coastal Women’s Movement (NCWM), a network of women from the coastal villages of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, was formed here on Monday, at a meeting held to observe Rural Women’s Day. The forum will function as a pressure group at the grassroots level in establishing the rights and educating communities about these rights. It will also supervise and participate in the implementation of development projects in villages. Read More… Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on Linkedin Share Share on Digg Share

    04 Dec
    04 Dec
  • The Confederation of Arunodhaya Children Sangams (CACS) has urged the State government to allow children to take part in grama and nagara sabha meeting to air their views. The one-day annual convention of the confederation, held here on Saturday, said the panchayat and nagar sabhas should hear the views of children on local issues, and they should be incorporated into the programmes and policies of the government and local bodies. Read More… Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on Linkedin Share Share on Digg Share

    04 Dec
    04 Dec
  • Asmae, a French NGO working with city schools, on Wednesday released the report on the impact of the ‘Reading class programme’(RCP) it has been implementing in partnership with Arunodhaya, Mary Anne Charity Trust and Bro-sign animation. The programme, aimed at improving reading skills of students and encouraging them to read more, was implemented through story cards, games and interactive exercises. Read More… Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on Linkedin Share Share on Digg Share

    04 Dec
    04 Dec
  • After the case of 10-year-old Rameshwari Jadhav being beaten and scalded by her employer came to light, the labour ministry is making efforts to curb the practice of employing children as domestic workers. But not many people are interested in children like 15-year-old R Ragini, an orphan living with her brother and sister, who has been working as a maid in a house in Rajapillai Thottam in T Nagar for 12 years. Read More… Share on Facebook Share Share on TwitterTweet Share on Google Plus Share Share on Pinterest Share Share on Linkedin Share Share on Digg Share

    04 Dec
    04 Dec
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