XISS and Save The Children sign MoU to jointly amplify and improve child rights issues in State

Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS), Ranchi and Save the Children India, Bal Raksha Bharat (SCBR) have signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to jointly amplify and improve child rights issues especially girls in State. The Rural Management (RM) Programme of XISS will be carrying out the activities mentioned in the MoU.

This three-year partnership is in time for campaigning actions to amplify the need for protection rights of marginalised children in the state and across the country, amidst and beyond pandemic.

Dr Joseph Marianus Kujur SJ, Director, XISS stated that XISS is elated on this collaboration with SCBR focusing on the educational rights of children. Students of the RM Programme would be engaged as Young Campaigners to mobilize public actions on social issues and causes related to child rights, which will help them immensely.

He added that XISS is sure that with this collaborative effort, children affected due to the pandemic will find a way back to their education and succeed in life.

Under this partnership, SCBR, and XISS will organise several action moments during this campaign such as providing training support and workshops on matters pertaining to child protection.

Mr Mahadev Hansda, Head - Project Office (Jharkhand), SCBR while elaborating the requirements of the MoU said that Save the Children is very happy to collaborate with XISS on the educational rights of children.  He discussed that the association will enable in creating a joint learning platform about child rights, initiatives in India, and to promote global approach to child rights. The pandemic has adversely affected many children, especially girls and SCBR aims at bringing them back to mainstream education so that they have a good future ahead.

Under this association, SCBR would identify and engage students of the RM Programme as Young Campaigners to mobilize public action around important social issues and causes related to child rights and also help in summer placement and internships. XISS and SCBR would also focus on promoting policy advocacy matters related to child protection such as strengthening of Village Level Child Protection Committee, organising Short Term Training Programmes in relevant subject matters of child rights to educational institutions, development partners, and students.

Dr Amar Eron Tigga, Dean Academics; Dr Anant Kumar, Head of Programme, Rural Management Programme; Dr KK Bhagat, Professor, XISS were present during the signing of the MoU along with Mr Sanjay Kumar and Ms Soumi Halder from Save the Children.