NEP 2020: Quality of Anganwadi Centres to determine success of policy paving way for inclusive education
While many AWCs have fared well with respect to healthcare for mothers and infants, helped support parents and build communities, providing critical nutrition and health awareness, but their success is not quite impressive when it comes to the educational aspects of early childhood care and education.
How women shoulder the efficient running of Anganwadis — a system riddled with issues of pay, low morale
Anganwadis, or rural childcare centres were first introduced as far back as 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services programme to combat child hunger and malnutrition. These centres provide supplementary nutrition, non-formal pre-school education, nutrition and health education and counselling, immunisation, health check-ups and referral services in conjunction with public health systems. The Anganwadi workers are the ones who make regular home visits in surrounding villages, keeping meticulous records of the health of adolescent girls, expectant mothers and children under the age of six years.
In Uttar Pradesh's Lalitpur, ill-equipped anganwadi centres struggle to stymie malnourishment among children
Many problems plague the the workforce of anganwadi centres in Lalitpur, including the lack of training, irregular payments, lack of job standardisation, poor compensation
Child healthcare: Despite high tax revenues, 14 of 20 states cut funding to key nutrition programme, data shows
Despite greater fiscal autonomy and higher tax revenues shared by the Centre with states, 14 of 20 states surveyed cut spending on a key nutrition programme–Supplementary Nutrition Programme
Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi said in Lok Sabha that there has been a 50 percent cut in the budget for Integrated Child Development Services ICDS) and other areas of her Ministry in the 2015-16 budget.
Finance Minister in Budget 2015 is expected to incorporate Finance Commission's recommendations and cut government allocation for social sector spending by 25-30 percent.
In a development that should concern private schools that are running nursery classes as part of regular school, the Centre has told the Delhi High Court that it is against the ‘schoolification’ of children under six years
Despite its many accomplishments, the mid-day meal scheme is riddled with the kind of flaws, inadequacies in implementation and corruption that made a tragedy like this almost inevitable