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Celebrating 60th Anniversary

Igniting the energy and commitment of young people to change India
It is hot and noisy under the huge tent where more than 30,000 thousand young people are gathered to celebrate India’s 60th anniversary of independence. But it is about to get much more raucous.

60 Years Young
Tuni Muduli, a Paraja tribal girl from Orissa, is one of the only educated young women in her community. At the age of 10 her mother died and she found herself forced to become a manual labourer and drop out of school.

West Bengal Sanitation Programme
Started in 1991, the successful West Bengal Sanitation Programme is now serving as a global model for developing countries.

The Tsunami
The tsunami, which struck on December 26th 2004, killed more than 12,400 in India.

Mahila Samakhya
Mahila Samakhya – meaning education for women’s equality - was launched in 1989 by the Government of India in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Karnataka.

Joyful Learning
In the last 14 years, joyful learning has emerged as a powerful concept to change the way we manage schools and classrooms.

A globally acknowledged best practice in education, and awarded as a model of joint programming by the UN, Janshala covered 25 districts and reached almost three million children in nine states.

The Bal Adhikar Initiative
Uttar Pradesh accounts for an estimated 20% of the country’s working children. In 2000, UNICEF in cooperation with IKEA set up the Bal Adhikar Initiative in the carpet belt of the state where children account for more than a fifth of the workforce.

Bihar Drought
In the summer of 1966, Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh experienced one of the worst droughts in the history of the region during the 20th century.

Adolescence Education Programme
The Department of Education and the National AIDS Control Organisation in partnership with UNICEF, UNESCO & UNFPA, launched the Adolescent Education Programme.

The White Revolution: A beginning
UNICEF assisted milk processing plants

The Water Revolution
During the 1970s UNICEF became a key partner with the Government of India in the world’s largest rural water supply programme.

Immunizing India’s Children
Under the leadership of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, India started working towards universal child immunization. With around twenty-four million newborns a year the task was enoromous.

The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS)
The Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) Scheme was conceived in 1975 with an integrated delivery package of early childhood services.

Republic Day 2001 Gujarat Earthquake
On 26th January 2001 Gujarat was hit by a devastating earthquake.

Eradicating Guinea Worm
UNICEF’s initiative in Eradicating Guinea Worm





60 Years of Progress for Children

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