evaluation report - MV Foundation

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EVALUATION REPORT NGOs and Trade Unions Against Child Labour Project Implemented by M V Foundation and Supported by FNV 2008 – 2010

INTRODUCTION A. BACKGROUND M.V. Foundation (MVF) has been working in Kurnool District in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh since 2006. When they started work in this district, there were over 160,000 children in the age group of 7-14 employed in the production of hybrid cottonseed and various other forms of child labour . This number is greater than the combined total strength of children employed in the carpet, glass bangles, gem polishing and limestone industries in India. The hybrid cottonseed production is concentrated in South India particularly in the Telangana and Rayalseema regions of Andhra Pradesh and Northern Districts of Karnataka.

Due to lack of intensive social mobilisation, there was insufficient pressure both on the government to take action and the Multi National Corporations (MNC) to stop engaging children in work. This project was based on the premise that consistent action for at least three years through multiple stakeholders – the Child Rights Protection Forums (CRPF), Gram Panchayat 1 (GP), youth groups, trade unions and teacher' unions – would serve as a pressure tactic to bring about the required change and it will be possible to withdraw children from work and put them back where they belong, that is in school.

The present project was designed to build on the objectives and achievements of the existing interventions as continuation of activities on the ground through CRPFs, GPs, youth groups, trade unions and teachers' unions. It aimed to further strengthen the coordination and cooperation between the Joint Action Committee of the Trade Unions and the CRPF. The project also responded to the requests from the Trade Unions, CRPF and GP for continuation of activities both in the two target mandals and in the neighbouring mandals to ensure a complete elimination of child labour, not just in cotton seed farms but in all sectors. The aims of the project were thus to 1. To facilitate the processes of strengthening of all local institutions such as Gram Panchayats, CRPFs and trade unions to ensure that a. They take up the responsibility to support the struggles of the poor for accessing school. b. No child works and remains out of school. c. All children in the village enjoy their right to education (through access to schools, transitional arrangements such as bridge course etc…)

1 Gram Panchayats are local self government

d. Have access to mid-day meal and nutrition programme, learn well, and complete school without any disruption until they finish high school i.e. tenth class. e. Have access to quality education in schools and gain class wise learning competencies. 2. To equip the gram panchayats, CRPF and trade unions to ensure proper functioning of government departments related to children as well as the smooth functioning of the local government 3. To enhance the capacities of the gram panchayats to review the status of children and their rights in the respective constituencies and the trade unions to negotiate with the government for bridging the gaps. 4. To take the role of the trade unions from the village and mandal level to the district and state level. 5. To pressurize the seed companies from employing children on the cottonseed farms. The aims of the project are consistent with and reflect MVF's non negotiable principles and builds on the fact that all the stakeholders were totally committed to these principles. Given the above objectives, the project was designed to move towards the overall objective – Abolish child labour (at least 1200 children who are out of schools) in two mandals of Kurnool district covering 53 villages in 33 gram panchayats focussing on areas with large concentration of children, especially girls, engaged in production of hybrid cotton seeds and enrol them into full time formal day schools. Activities were designed to achieve the following results: ◦ Result 1: Child