The Programmes at the Foundation are on-ground development accelerators to convert findings and recommendations from research into policy or capacity action along with awareness generation among stakeholders.
BAL MITRA GRAM – THE CHILD FRIENDLY VILLAGE
The Bal Mitra Gram (BMG) is a unique model designed to make villages and wards in India child labour free where every child will be free, safe, healthy and in school.
The BMG model was designed with the aim to create and sustain a child friendly atmosphere within the community to ensure education and prevent abuse and exploitation of children and, therefore prevention is at the heart of a BMG programme. This initiative was conceptualized and started in 2001.
The uniqueness of the BMG initiative lies in active participation of the village children in creating a legitimate democratic space for themselves in panchayats, communities, schools and families. This is done through the Bal Panchayat , with the support of the local community and the Gram Panchayat. It supports solving the deep-rooted problem of child labour and creating a demand and value for good education as part of village pride and honour. BMG is the true translation of child rights at the grassroots level
FREEDOM FELLOWS EDUCATION FUND
The goal of the Freedom Fellows Education Fund is to further the recovery and rehabilitation of rescued children by providing access to secondary and post-secondary education as well as professional training. The Fund works towards fulfilling and nurturing the dreams and aspirations of children by enabling them to study in premier institutions across the world. It also aims to create social entrepreneurs among these children by building skills so that they may solve the problems of tomorrow.
The 100 Million for 100 Million campaign aims to be the biggest and boldest mobilization in history. Today’s youth, nearly 40 percent of the world’s population represents a force for idealism and positive change. The Campaign will support 100 million young people to learn about their own rights and the lives of other children, who live in unimaginable situations caused by conflict, exploitation and extreme poverty, around the world. Through the campaign, 100 million children and youth will speak up and act to build a child-friendly world where every child is free, safe and educated. By instilling compassion and leadership in today’s young generation, the Campaign aims to eliminate the problems of tomorrow.
LAUREATES AND LEADERS
Science has made great progress, diseases have been cured and discoveries have been made in many other fields. However, in the 21st century, millions of children languish in slavery denied their right to education and millions are dying of curable diseases.A new wave of bold leadership, urgency, innovation and collective wisdom is needed. It is with this in mind, that 2014 Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi convened history’s first ever summit to harness the moral authority of Nobel Laureates and World Leaders sharing a common goal of protecting the world’s children.The inaugural Laureates and Leaders for Children Summit was held on December 10-11, 2016 in New Delhi, India.
Bharat Yatra, is another effort by KSCF in partnership with BBA to spread awareness about child trafficking and sexual abuse. Starting from Kanyakumari on September 11, 2017, Nobel Peace Laureate Mr. Kailash Satyarthi is launching the Bharat Yatra, with passionate marchers, change makers joining him and the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF). Through seven routes touching cities, towns and villages in 22 Indian states and Union Territories, this journey engages with policy makers, implementers, teachers, local leaders, women’s groups, law enforcement personnel, the media, business leaders, faith leaders and most importantly with children and their parents. All to influence a social dialogue and raise an army that can protect children vulnerable within their homes, communities, schools. The Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation team is using technology as well as the traditional and time-tested technique of social mobilisation by walking and connecting inter-personally on the streets, the Yatra includes gathering for events and awareness programmes and leveraging political leadership to mobilise action. Collaborations with local organisations at the state level are essential for effectiveness and impact. KSCF, as the national coordinator for the Yatra, is partnering with several civil society organisations for this purpose.
Through evidence-based research, the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation Institute is working to generate knowledge and share solutions for vulnerable children.
A child embarking on the challenging journey of moving away from violence and towards recovery at school, needs support from the government and the society. The challenge is to ensure that the most vulnerable children are protected through laws and policies at the regional, national and international levels. Policies are fragmented, coordination is poor and knowledge in overburdened systems is lacking. The challenge is global. It is time to raise our expectations and standards for all our children.
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