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Right to Education (Mid-Day Meal Scheme)

Striving to achieve Millenium Development Goals

Goal 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education

India is home to the largest number of illiterate women in the world. The literacy rate for women is just 53.67%, and more than 40% drop out before they reach mid level in school. In rural India, out of every 100 girls who enroll in Class I, only 1 enters Class XII. In urban areas, the position is only slightly better with 14 girls entering in Class XII. With a view of enhancing enrollment, retention and attendance and, simultaneously improving nutritional levels among children, the Mid-Day Meal scheme was launched as a Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

On 28th November, 2001, the Supreme Court directed State Governments to introduce cooked Mid-Day Meals in all government and government-assisted primary schools within six months. Thus all state governments have initiated Mid-Day Meal programs. Today, India’s Mid-Day Meal program is by far the largest nutrition program in the world.

INDCARE Trust promotes the Right to Education through the Mid-Day Meal Scheme and has contributes  towards the Millennium Development Goals. INDCARE Trust began its Mid-Day Meal Scheme in the Delhi region in collaboration with the Ministry OF HRD, as a centrally sponsored Scheme for different states and Urban local bodies like the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Delhi Administration, aproximately ten years ago. This project was named “KALYANI”, symbolic of a mother, the nurturer and protector of children. Women from neighboring Self Help Groups were employed to prepare nutritious meals for school children from INDCARE’s modern kitchens. The aim was to provide nourished food for school children which would also coax them to come to school and, at the same time, create opportunities for women through INDCARE Trust’s micro-finance project on income generation.

The interventions are highlited below:

1.INDCARE’s operational areas of the Mid Day Meal Scheme in Delhi.

Areas of operation of the Mid Day Meal in Delhi

S.N.

Area

Number of schools

Supported by and Since

Number of student covered

1.

Karol Bagh

59

Municipal Corporation of Delhi since 2005

21,000

2.

West Zone

25

Municipal Corporation of Delhi since 2005

27,000

3.

West Zone

57 Sarvodaya Schools

Delhi Administration

54,956

4

Punjab

778

Punjab Government

92,000

Total Coverage

919

194958

2. Partnering with MCD Schools for Mid-Day Meal Schemes in Delhi
INDCARE Trust runs two kitchens for the Kalyani Programme. Through this programme INDCARE Trust is catering to 48,000 school children in Delhi. The main kitchen is at Hastasal, New Delhi with two separate units for MCD schools and Sarvodaya Schools. Modern equipment has been installed and all norms for safety and cleanliness are observed.

3. Providing Meals in Sarvodaya Schools in Delhi
INDCARE has been entrusted with the task of providing food to 57 Sarvodaya Schools in West Delhi, on 15th January, 2010. This is with a view of enhancing enrollment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improving nutritional levels among children. This mammoth task is being carried out from its kitchen in Hastsaal and covers 54,956 children belonging to 57 schools.

4. Working under Mid Day Meal Scheme in Punjab
INDCARE Trust signed an agreement on 13th September, 2008 with the Governor of Punjab through Special Secretary-cum-Director General, School Education, Chandigarh, Punjab, for serving Mid-Day Meals in District, Tarn Taran. INDCARE has served cooked food to 92000 Children of 778 Primary and Upper Primary Schools of Tarn Taran in Punjab to the full satisfaction of the children and the administration.

5. Empowering Women while serving the Nutritional needs of Children
The Mid-Day Meal Programmes run by INDCARE have not only been successful in taking care of the nutritional needs of children but also provided a source of livelihood to a number of underprivileged women. Women from the grass-root level living in neighboring clusters, are given the opportunity of employment, through the formation of Self Help Groups under INDCARE Trust’s Micro Finance scheme. More than 200 women from 910 SHG’s have gained access to employment, in the form of cooking, packing, and delivery of cooked Mid-Day Meals to various schools. Through the above linkage, the women not only get empowered and economically supported but also became monitors of the meals prepared for their children.

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