Pyuthan's Bhingri VDC becomes child friendly

Monday 26 December 2016

District Child Club Network chairman Narayani gives her speech  

Bhingri Village Development Committee (VDC) from Pyuthan was declared second Child Friendly Local Governance (CFLG) VDC on 8th September 2016. Federal Affairs and Local Development State Minister Shree Prasad Jabegu declared Bhingri CFLG VDC by handing over a CFLG declaration certificate to VDC Secretary Him Lal Pokheral.

Under the leadership of VDC and District Development Committee, Bhingri met 39 different indicators under Child Survival, Protection, Development and Participation to attain the status of CFLG VDC which was certified by Ministry of Federal Affairs & Local Development through field monitoring.

"CFLG involves our future that is the children, an integral part and stakeholder in the process of development. They would be able to achieve better future through the approach," Minister Jabegu said at the event.

 VDC secretary receiving the appreciation letter on behalf of the VDC

Save the Children and its local implementing partner Kalika Development Centre has been supporting the VDC though the integrated Sponsorship project. It works in four major areas; Early Childhood Care and Development, Basic Education, Adolescents Development and School Health Nutrition. Sponsorship program started in Bhingri in 2009 and extensively supported for CFLG declaration since 2013.

Delailah Lala Borja, Save the Children’s country director for Nepal said, "It was a wonderful opportunity for Save the Children to collaborate with other government line agencies such as the District Development Committee, District Child Welfare Board, District Health Office, District Education Office, Pyuthan Municipality and Cottage and Small Industries Development Board and also with various NGOs - chiefly Kalika Development Centre/ After all this hard work and years of effort, this day is finally here. With this, Bhingri VDC and Pyuthan district has proven that collaborative effort to ensure children’s rights at a local level can bring about beautiful results."

Save the Children currently works in nine schools and nine ECCDs of Bhingri VDCs. Our key intervention at these schools and ECCDs include School Health and Nutrition Program, enrolment campaign, capacity building to teachers, home-made meal promotion, classroom materials support among others. Girls Friendly Toilet was built in all the schools along with enrolling Menstrual Hygiene Program. All the schools implement Corporal Punishment Free approach. Save the Children facilitates the process and helps to prepare code of conduct for children, parents, schools and teachers in the process. Save the Children has supported to form 17 child clubs and its VDC level networks. Save the Children ensures for their operation and sustainability, providing them leadership and capacity development training. Save the Children will continue to support Bhingri VDC in days to come and to address challenges that the declaration is likely to bring.

Major Indicators met out of 39

  1. 15% VDC budget is allocated to spend in child’s sector annually
  2. 17 child clubs and a Child Club Networks of these child clubs are functioning (Save the Children supports all child club in the VDC)
  3. Child Participation ensured in VDC Council, School Management Committee and Health Institution
  4. 100% enrolment from Early Childhood Care and Development to grade eight
  5. Code of Conduct prepared for Children, Parents, School and Stakeholders
  6. Functional Village Child Protection Committee
  7. 100% birth registration
  8. 80% institutional delivery service, 80% ANC and PNC visit and 100% vaccination service

Students perform at the declaration gathering