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CAMP has just entered into an agreement with UNICEF, Raipur in Chattisgarh to build capacities of adolescents in Participatory Media.

THE SETTING

Chhattisgarh is one of the youngest states in the country with a population of 25 million. More than three fourths of the population lives in the remote areas of the state. The tribal and other marginalized communities constitute more than 80 % of the population. Many of Chhattisgarh’s most disadvantaged people live in distant and forested districts that remain poorly served by social services and have lower levels of human development.  Children in the age group 0 – 6 constitute more than 14% of the population.

As per census 2001 in Chhattisgarh, the tribal adolescent girls in the age group of 10-14 comprised 80% of the male population (4,17,668). Around Three lakh girls were found be to in their adolescent period (15-19 yrs). It is high time for to tackle problems of adolescents in an integrated manner through creating awareness

Children (under 18 years) account for 21 per cent of Chhattisgarh’s total population, and 2 per cent of India’s children live in the state. As most of the these children belong to remote rural areas they have limited or no access to education, health services, unaware of hygiene and sanitation and ignorant of child rights and are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation in many forms like child labour, trafficking and child marriage.

The future of the state is in the hands one fourth of the population that is deprived of basic living standards. The situation calls for a need to empower, create awareness and build capacities of children and adolescents to realize their civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the project include:

  • Build capacities of children/ adolescents at the village-level to report, document, disseminate, and monitor various activities related to health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation and enter into a dialogue with the community & the local administration
  • Create a pool of community journalists to report on matters relating to Child Rights & the community
  • Encourage adolescents to mainstream neglected issues
  • Train them in using participatory audio & video techniques in order to achieve the above
  • Establish a Media Resource Centre (MRC) to ensure sustained dialogue and act as an engagement centre-cum-interface between the local administration & the communities

The project will be carried out in two phases

PHASE ONE: The setting of the project is Sarguja district, Chhattisgarh. 18 months.

20 adolescent youth will be trained in Community Media (both audio & video) in Sarguja District, Chhattisgarh. This phase will focus on building a cadre of responsible youth who are sensitized about child rights and other development issues, and who are committed to taking them forward in the state. It will focus on adolescents, who are key to changing mind-sets of adults and families, and acting as role models for younger children.  They will also be trained in uploading the videos and audio on to the internet and sharing them with the world.

PHASE TWO: Setting up of the MRC with ownership ideally by the District Collectorate or an NGO so the project can be sustainable. During this phase the following activities are envisaged:

  • Setting up processes in place so that the MRC can function effectively & sustainably—the activities it would be involved in, identifying revenue stream and the processes to be followed for it to function sustainably.

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