Workshop on Institutional Capacity Assessment in Chhattisgarh held

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jan 2018 10:28:55


Staff Reporter,


There is a need of partnership between academic & research institutions and civil society organisations to achieve the goals related to early childhood and care education (ECCE) as mandated in sustainable development goals. This was highlighted in a state-level workshop organised by PRIA in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) where a study on assessing the capacities of institution in Chhattisgarh was shared. Total 30 participants from different parts of State representing academic & research institutions and civil society organisations came together for the dialogue.

The Study focused on accessing the capacities of organisations in the areas of their programmes, their resources (human financial & infrastructure) and their current attitude toward partnerships.
Sharad Shrivastava, ex-member of State Commission for Protection of Child Right, reemphasized the need for promoting district-level partnerships, extensive sharing amongst think tanks and implementing agencies.

Dr. Thomas Abraham speaking as a panellist opined that there is a need to look at the developmental issues from the lens of the children and to work in a mission mode for achieving ECCE outcomes.
Dr. Ashish Sinha of Ambedkar Medical College highlighted that initial thousand days of a child is very important as planning for ensuring well-being of a child begins right from the moment the child is conceived.

Dr. Rita Venugopal, Director Centre for Women Studies (CWS) suggested that although people talk about education, there is also a need to bring the focus on physical education of children.

Sharing the research study was presented by Shashi Shikha of PRIA. Manish Shrivastava of Samarthan, Raju Samson of Loshakti, Dr. G K Das of Indira Gandhi Agriculture University also shared their views in relation to ECCE during the programme.