The Child Friendly Community project aims to leverage India's 2009 Right to Education (RTE) Act, bringing the benefit of schooling in locations where this law is not being enforced. This is especially important in the context of carpet weaving and handmade garment-worker communities where a lot of outsourcing takes place. The CFC involves identifying vulnerable children in artisan communities, such as those not enrolled, not learning, drop-out from schools, or working. We work with schools, local authorities, Madrasas to overcome any limitation related to community access and education for these children. The program emphasizes improved learning outcomes and not merely a passive enrolment on paper. It is a highly challenging task and once achieved, it works as a silent public movement and puts a lot of pressure on the school administration and teachers to improve performance. Our work in the villages is supported by the business stakeholders to ensure an ongoing commitment to the educational development of children in weaving communities.
About the policy: Protecting children from abuse is of prime importance to GoodWeave and is considered both an organizational and individual responsibility. Our Child Protection Policy (CPP) is based on the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of the Child and the International Labour Organization Convention 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour. Everyone who works for/with GoodWeave or its partner organizations must take all possible precautions to protect the children with whom they come into contact.
Definition of Child Abuse: For the purpose of this policy, Child Abuse shall be defined as per the World Health Organization as “any form of physical, emotional or sexual mistreatment or lack of care that results in actual or potential harm to the child’s physical, psychological or emotional health, development, dignity or well-being”
Do’s and Don’ts: In summary, all visitors, staff, partners, and consultants should abide by the following directives about interacting with children:
Visitors Must Not, Under Any Circumstances:
Our Facilitators are inspiring young professionals from the villages themselves who act as change-agents within the communities. They directly reach out to vulnerable children through bridge classes, child-tracking, counselling of parents and working with local schools.
Limiting child labor through the preventive approach of Child Friendly Communities means that businesses can confidently outsource work to small production units and artisan communities where education is guaranteed and risk of child labor is negligible.