01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015
Jharkhand has an extensive network of Government health institutions. There are 4462 sub centres, 368 additional PHCs, 193 block PHCs, 37 referral hospitals, 10 sub divisional hospitals, 22 Sadar hospitals, and 3 medical colleges and hospitals. However, despite these numbers, they still fall short of what is necessary and access to quality health services is a major issue. Furthermore, the sheer remoteness of several populations makes it difficult to access the health provisions that do exist.
About 12.5% of the population fails to get 2 square meals a day (NSSO, 55th Round). Only 75.4% of householders have safe drinking water and 16.8% have toilet facilities. Infant Mortality Rate is 504 per 100000 deliveries. Anemia among women is high at 72.9%.
Sokrahatu village of Bardih panchayat, 40 km away from Chainpur block is surrounded by deep forests, no road connectivity to block head quarter and connectivity to district head quarter is also in bad condition. The population of this village is 488 and 90 families live there.
Most of the village population is Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe, depending on agriculture and forest for their livelihood. Education and need of it was never in the priority list of the tribals and the village government schools are not well equipped to carry forward the future of the children of the community.
Lack of interest of education in community and facilities in schools resulted in high dropout from schools. The number of students in upgraded Middle school, Sokrahatu is 58. There are six teachers but there was no boundary wall, there is no play ground and there is no toilet facility in the school and only just one open well for drinking water.
But, neither government official nor community felt the need of these basic facilities for their children in school. When, Child in Need Institute (CINI) intervened in this village for ensuring RTE implementation there. Under the RTE Act there is a provision of a Bal Sansad (child cabinet) is in every school, sorkrahatu middle school was also having one bal sansad but just for the name , bal sansad members were not oriented about their role and power in their hands.
CINI started training sessions and orientation program with future leaders and made them realize their roles and how they can work for the up-gradation of their schools. Along with them CINI worked with SMC members about the provision under RTE act and check out the missing facilities in the school.
After all these meetings and orientation Bal Sansad took up the initiative raised their demands in SMC meetings, and not only this they themselves planted nutritional plants and flowers across the school periphery to create natural school boundary.
Now, bal sansad sits every month without fail and look up the needs of children , making the environment child friendly as well as to check out drop out they look after if any child is dropping out they visit their house make them their family understand the need of education and thus ensuring RTE in their village.