School management committee in Action!

Chhilla Village, Lalitpur District, Uttar Pradesh | Shankarlal Raikwar

Indifference from school administration, Village Head and the School Management Committee that consists of parents, has resulted in unhygienic food being served at this government primary school. Children often find worms in their food or find that it is rotten. In this video, our CC Shankarlal documents how finally, the School Monitoring Committee intervened and took a step towards ensuring proper food for the children here.

With poverty levels soaring and hunger being a real issue in India, the Mid Day Meal (MDM) Scheme has often been lauded as one of the most innovative ways to keep kids in school. The scheme mandates cooked food to be served to every child in every school aided by the Government.

The MDM Scheme is known to be one of the core reasons for parents preferring to send their children to school, in the hopes of the child being fed a minimum of one nutritional meal a day. Despite its poor management, this program has had massive support from all quarters, including the varied rights-based activists and non-governmental organizations.

The school in Chilla is one step closer to getting healthy meals, but thousands in Uttar Pradesh still don’t have access to this scheme. You can help.

Call to Action: Please call the Basic Education Officer of Lalitpur district and ask him to ensure that every school in his district serves hygienic and nutritious mid day meals.

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