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Last year, we rescued nearly 3,707 children from work and also out of school children enrolled over 3,927  in formal schools across India.

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The Pratham Council for Vulnerable Children (PCVC) was born in April 2001 to reach out to the most vulnerable, unreached children. The idea was to withdraw them from their exploitative conditions and ensure their proper rehabilitation in family, school and society.

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Initiation of Sponsorship Program in Bahraich

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One of PCVC’s core program is prevention of potential child labourers at entry and exit points at both source and receiving states. These children are victims of trafficking and unsafe migration leaving source states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar for working in metros like Mumbai, Hyderabad and Jaipur. In order to stop children from entering the labour market, regular tracking and prevention is done at railway station and bus depots of these crucial states and districts. Keeping in mind the pattern of children migrating to metros from the state of Uttar Pradesh for work, PCVC started its intervention here with focus on the district of Bahraich from where maximum movement of children is observed.

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ASER, 2016

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The Annual Status of Education Report is the largest citizen led survey conducted annually with children living in rural India. This survey has been conducted since the year 2005. ASER is facilitated by Pratham and is carried out by local organizations, colleges and DIETs. Today, Nationally we release the 11th edition of the ASER.

Every year, ASER measures and results are drawn on parameters such as whether children in rural India go to school, can they read simple text and can do basic arithmetic. All children in the age group of 3-16 years are surveyed from the population of the study and all children in the age group of 5-16 years are tested. The survey also consists of a visit to one government school in each sampled village. Since the implementation of the RTE Act in 2010, school visits in ASER have included indicators of compliance with those norms and standards specified in Right to Education Act that are easy to measure.

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PCVC observed International Labour Day in collaboration with Mumbai Police

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1st May is observed as International Labour Day around the world. This day marks the solidarity of labourers across the globe, celebrating their achievements. The day is significant as it also promotes social justice and protection of human rights of workers.

Keeping true to the spirit of the day, PCVC along with the Police Department in Mumbai, organized a week-long awareness campaign in the city of Mumbai. Through this campaign, meetings and oath-taking ceremonies were conducted with employers to not engage children at work and not take services from children, across all 93 Police Stations in Mumbai.

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“Celebrating (Dis) “Abilities”of children”

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Every Child is Special and Pratham’s journey of 20 long years has strived to reach out to the most vulnerable children.

Pratham with the vision to work with “Every child in School and Learning Well” has been engaged in working across the country with children living in disadvantaged communities.  Even among these children there are those who are especially vulnerable, at risk and therefore out of school.

Pratham covers over 1500 differently abled children annually through their outreach and educational programs. Out of these, 600 children appear for examinations under the Pratham NIOS (National Institute for Open Schooling) OBE (Open Basic Education) program which certifies them with a recognised degree. This provides them with opportunities to explore different career options.

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