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Haryana Institute of Rural Development and Save the Children collaborate to strengthen Child Rights in Haryana

November 26, 2016, Karnal: A two day training of trainers on ‘Child Rights and Child Protection’ was organized jointly by Haryana Institute of Rural Development (HIRD) and Save the Children, Punjab and Haryana State Programme Office at Nilokheri, Karnal on 26th& 27th November 2016. The training programme will further benefit the representatives of 6186 Gram Panchayats in Haryana. Fifty resource persons from all 21 districts of Haryana participated in the training.

 A curriculum was launched jointly developed by HIRD and Save the Children, an international child rights organization. The training was aimed at building capacities of the trainers to effectively access child protection mechanisms and enable delivery of the child rights at the grassroots level. 


Inaugurating the training programme, Dr. Puran Singh, Director of HIRD said,“Child Rights and Child Protection issues are results of the many mistakes made by the adults knowingly or unknowingly. Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) could play an important role in correcting these mistakes and establish a child friendly society.”

HIRD has been working to ensure overall development of rural areas by undertaking capacity building programmes for all the stakeholders’ e.g. elected PRI members and other Rural Development functionaries.With new skills and knowledge on Child Rights, Child Protection and Legal Provisions, this training would further strengthen their efforts.Dr. Singh, while appreciating initiative of Save the Children, said, “I am confident that the training will definitely sensitize the panchayat members and play an effective role in the betterment of children.”

Mr. Jatin Mondar, Project Director of Save the Children, said, “We aim to bring immediate and lasting change in the lives of children. Collaboration with HIRD will enable us to share our knowledge and expertise on child rights with wider audience and thus reach out maximum number of children.”

Mr. Anshu Parashar, Training Coordinator, HIRD gave a welcome address to all the participants and informed about the objective of the training programme. The inaugural session was came to an end with the vote of thanks by Mr. Dharmananda Sundaray, Assistant Manager, Child Protection Save the Children, Punjab and Haryana.