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Maharashtra: Child-related Activities of Key UN Agencies

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Colour schemes for various projects

ILO activities: Amravati, Aurangabad, Gondia, Jalna, Mumbai

    The ILO is currently implementing the INDUS Project in the five above districts. The Project is jointly funded by the Government of India and the Government of the United States of America and aims at creating an enabling environment where children are motivated to enrol in schools, induced to refrain from working and households are provided with income generation alternatives. The Project works with the National Child Labour Projects (NCLPs) by seeking to develop models, which can be replicated in other districts.

UNFPA activities: Thane, Pune, Nandurbar, Gadchiroli, Dhule, Chandrapur

    The UNFPA supported Adolescent Programme is part of the UNFPA Sixth Country Programme of Assistance. It focuses on providing adolescents with practical information on sexual and reproductive health. The project’s goal at the national and state level is to help ensure a healthy and safe development process for adolescents of both sexes, in and out of school. Key strategies include building a supportive environment at the policy and community levels; informing adolescents on health/SRH; building their life skills and promoting service linkages on a pilot basis.

UNICEF activities: Mumbai, Thane, Nashik, Pune, Aurangabad, Prabhani, Latur, Amravati, Yavatmal, Chandrapur

    In Maharashtra UNICEF is currently implementing the Elementary Education Programme in seven districts above, and the Child Protection Programme in Mumbai, Nashik, Aurangabad, Prabhani, Latur and Amravati. The Elementary Education Programme supports the Government’s SSA initiative by making efforts to: (1) reduce gender disparities; (2) promote access and quality education for children from disadvantaged groups; (3) enhance learning achievements by improving the quality of education; (4) improve and expand educational data and analysis and (5) deliver and document quality education. The Child Protection Programme complements the Government’s initiatives in the areas of child labour, child trafficking, and children in difficult circumstances. In the field of child labour, the programme focuses particularly on the informal sector and also explores the risk implications of the spread of HIV/AIDS in the context of trafficking, and of commercial sexual exploitation of children. Regarding children affected by difficult circumstances, the Programme emphasises strengthening indigenous-coping and resilience mechanisms.

Last update: 21 March 2005 ^ top