We have made 126 villages in Jharkhand child labour free - 50,000 children attending school daily
In a first of its kind initiative, the Government of Jharkhand, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation (KSCF) have come together to eliminate child labour from mica mining in the state. Children are involved in various stages of mica mining to get crude mica from rocks and digging holes that are often more than 10 meters deep. Caught in the web of exploitation, children drop out of schools, missing out on all opportunities for a bright future. Mica is used in cosmetics, car paint, and for electrical insulation among other applications.
The partners will work towards the protection of children in mica mining areas to eradicate child labour from mica supply chains by scaling and strengthening child friendly villages (Bal Mitra Grams).
With the support of the Government of Jharkhand, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) and other civil society organisations, we are committed to creating a model in Jharkhand of child-centric community development that can be replicated and scaled across the world.
While we have made 126 villages in Jharkhand child labour free during our work in the state since 2005, around 51,000 children attending school daily, thousands of children are still at risk and are vulnerable in the around 500 villages where mica is collected and mined. The Child Friendly village model has successfully proven that access to education and other schemes of the government have ensured 100% school enrollment, no instances of trafficking and child marriage.
How this path-breaking partnership will be a game changer:
1. Jointly undertake technical Programmes and projects, which aim to build the capacity of state, district, and block and gram panchayat level functionaries in addressing the issues of children.
2. Jointly design and implement innovative programme such as Bal Mitra Gram (BMG) to ensure the protection of children in mica mining areas.
3. Jointly undertaking mass awareness campaigns on child sexual abuse, child marriage, child labour and child trafficking
4. Jointly design and implement innovative programs such as Bal Mitra Gran (BMG) to ensure the protection of children in mica mining areas.