It is hard to find arguments against the value of an Anganwadi centre in a village, which is why it’s surprising when a village lacks this most essential institution. New Maniyar Chak village of Munger district in Bihar is one example. Home to over a dozen families, most of whom have small children, this village’s residents fully understand the importance of primary education for their children and are puzzled that they have been overlooked. Attempts to send the children to the Anganwadi of a neighbouring village have failed because children are registered to the centre on the basis of where they live. “There should be an Anganwadi centre here so that our children can read and write properly”, opines Sharmila Devi, a resident of the village. Our Community Correspondent, Sheela Sheikh, reports on the issue.
CALL TO ACTION: Call the Child Development Program Officer for Sadar Block of Bihar, on +91-9431005560, and demand the construction of this crucial institution so that the children are given the education and nurturing that they need.
This is a PACS-VV video. The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos created by the network bring out voices from the margins, providing communications skills to marginalised individuals and advocacy tools to community-based organisations.