Child in Need Institute (CINI) Method was Recognized by Harvard University

News Desk, News Nation 360 : Kolkata’s Child in Need Institute has been applauded and recognized by Harvard University for its unique Before, Not After Method. Working for more than four decades for overall Community Development and Mother and Child Healthcare, the Before, Not After Method is an initiative by Child in Need Institute CINI to prevent violations of children’s rights before they occur in India. It is a part of the CINI’s core preventive approach towards Child Protection by preventing harm by intervening before it occurs. Soumitra Chatterjee, Eminent Film Actor, was present to unveil the recognition. Dr Samir Chaudhuri, Founder and Secretary, CINI was present to brief the media. In the Bajitpur and Mahisail Gram Panchayats of Murshidabad District in West Bengal, the creation of preventive platforms, formed by the Panchayat, Service providers, Women's self-help groups and groups of children and adolescents, has secured social safety nets that now extend from the family to the school and the whole community. The result is that about half of the families are now informed and aware of child protection mechanisms in the CINI area. These are the findings of Harvard University which, with its field research of the CINI Method in West Bengal for 3 months, has reached particularly flattering conclusions. In addition to preventing early school leaving, malnutrition, early marriages, abuse and trafficking of children, the CINI Method has made it possible for children and adolescents to participate through organized groups in the social change of their communities. Before Not After is CINI's Preventative Approach towards Child Protection in India or preventing harm by intervening before it occurs. It aims to prevent harm to children before it takes place by promoting the role of the community and the local government to fight against severe violations of children’s rights, all the way down there, where children are more vulnerable to risk. Founder and Secretary, CINI, Dr Samir Chaudhuri said that being studied by Harvard University is an opportunity to see the CINI Method recognized at international level. This is an approach, they believe, that can show a new, more effective, ethical and cost-effective way to solving problems of children in India and in the world. Thanks to these results, they will be

able to promote their method further in the country and beyond in contexts of severe vulnerabilities where everyone is still struggling to walk the last mile for children. To achieve the SDG target, Child in Need Institute (CINI) has applied CINI Method that involves communities, the rural and urban local self-government and service providers (such as teachers, health and ICDS workers, the police), networking them together and providing them the tools to devise local development plans within the framework of national and international policy and goals like the National Plan of Action for Children (NPAC), State Plans of Action for Children (SPAC) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Pic : Krishnendu Kundu

Report : Anustup Kundu


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