16 September 2020

Children and Adolescents in Urban India

The National Institute of Urban Affairs under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs , with support from UNICEF, India,  undertook an empirical study  titled ‘Scale and Nature of Deprivation among Children and Adolescents in Urban India: An Empirical Analysis’ based on secondary data from official census and large-scale sample surveys. The study tries to understand the differential dynamics of children and adolescents across gender, economic categories (poor vs. non-poor) and different residential neighbourhoods (slum vs. non-slum) in areas of survival and nutrition; health; hygiene practice and access to basic water and sanitation facilities; educational attainment; employment and crime against children and adolescents. The objective of the study was to analyze the trends of the situation of poor children and adolescents in urban areas and identify evidence gaps to policy formulation, for a comprehensive strategy to reduce the inequities in living and welfare of children, adolescents and their families, living in slums and periphery of cities and towns.  The study has brought to the fore the progress that has taken place in the last decade in social sector yet disparities were profound between poor and non-poor, to the extent that in many indicators, situation of urban poor children is worse off than those of the rural areas,  for most of the sectors. Regarding the report’s policy dimension, study highlights the urgent need for institutionalizing the urban health care system at all levels; improving access to basic services of water and sanitation for the urban poor families and overall; an integrated approach to building a strong evidence for urban programming in sectors of education, employment and social protection. These disparities would get exacerbated by the humanitarian crisis like COVID, thereby, emphasizing the need for more focused and integrated interventions.
10 August 2020

Children's video diaries about life during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down. Lockdowns, school closures and physical distancing are all having a big impact on children.  UNICEF India asked children from across the Country to document their lives at home.   Stay Home Diaries is a vlog series produced by children to express how they are coping and share the daily fun…, Assam, When lockdown began, 15-year-old Rimika from a tea garden community in Assam sometimes felt worried about coronavirus. But, she quickly filled her days with some fun activities.  , Chennai, Althaf, 17, is an aspiring film maker. He was confined to his home's four walls as the slum where he lives in Chennai was declared a containment zone. He shares his day in lockdown, which hasn't stopped his storytelling.  , Mumbai, Dancing, baking and playing the piano have been the highlights of four-year-old Ahaan's lockdown days at home in Mumbai.  , Chennai, Lockdowns, school closures, the uncertainty of board exams due to coronavirus had a big impact on 15-year old Subhitha from Chennai.  , Odisha, Hemashri, 15, lives in a rural village in Odisha. She comes from a large family and her mother is an Anganwadi (community health) worker. Apart from her studies, Hemashri has also been helping her siblings in their studies and helping with the household chores. A young leader, she ensured that her family adopted appropriate behaviors during the…, Bihar, Lockdown gave 17-year-old Aditya more time to pursue his hobbies. He could brush up his art skills and learn new aspects of painting.,  , Odisha, Jinita, 15, from Odisha enjoys playing with her siblings at home. She also reads a lot. She urges everyone in her community to stay safe and follow appropriate behaviors to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and stay safe. Thank you to all the children who shared their Stay Home Diaries Children enjoyed the experience of documenting their daily life…