by The Welthi Bureau 4th July, 2019
National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) is collaborating with public sector enterprise Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) on a pilot project to create awareness on menstruation and menstrual hygiene among children in government schools in Telangana State.
The pilot project will benefit over 11,516 girl students enrolled in 75government schools in five mandals of Telangana State. The project, taken up as part of BDL’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, is likely to be expanded to 22 more mandals in the next phases consequent upon the results. BDL has provided a funding of Rs. 71.82 lakh for this project. The sanitary napkins will be supplied to students free of cost through the team of volunteers identified and female teachers from the schools.
BDL is a Government of India Enterprise under the Ministry of Defence and is a manufacturing base for guided missiles and allied defence equipment in the country. It has approached NIRDPR to implement this pilot project on ‘Awareness Creation and Supplying of Sanitary Napkins to the Girl students of Government Schools.’
Highlighting the importance of this project, Prof. R. Murugesan, Head, Centre for CSR, Public Private Partnership and People’s Action, NIRDPR, said,“The present union government is giving more attention to health and sanitation issues.CSR is a catalyst for inclusive development, uplifting rural poor through skill development, employment generation and substantiating income and environment. Through this particular project, NIRDPR isaiming to create awareness on health and menstrual hygiene along withsociological and environmental issues, and removing the stigma associated with menstruation among rural adolescent girls, driving them towards fruitful education without any absenteeism and health hazards. We have also prepared IEC material in both Telugu and English languages which may be useful not only for the students but also for other women in the villages. For procuring the sanitary napkins, we are giving importance to Self Help Group entrepreneurs who produce them and also call for open tenders for meeting additional requirements if any. Based on the experiences, we hope the project will be expanded to other areas as wellto benefit adolescent girls with the generous support of corporate donors”.
The objectives of the overall pilot project are:
To conduct programs to create awareness on menstruation, hygiene and its importance for adolescent girls in government schools
To share knowledge on the use of good quality sanitary napkins among adolescent girls studying in government schools primarily in rural areas
To ensure safe disposal mechanism of sanitary napkins without affecting the environment
To supply sanitary napkins to students in need who are enrolled in the selected government schools
Speaking about this CSR Initiative, a BDL official said, “It is a felt need for any adolescent girl in the government schools in rural areas. We are very keen on investing to ensure hygienic and clean environment. We are sure that this project would yield expected results and positive impact in line with the objectives.”
Hygiene-related practices of women during mensuration are of considerable importance as it has a health impact in terms of increased vulnerability to Reproductive Tract Infections (RTI). The interplay of socio-economic status, menstrual hygiene practices and RTI are commonly noticeable in the rural areas.
Selection of Targeted Beneficiaries (Girl Students)
SL.NO. NAME OF MANDAL NO. OF SCHOOLS NO. OF BENEFICIARIES
1 Gandipet 10 1609
2 Moinabad 16 1451
3 Rajendranagar 11 2478
4 Serilingampally 17 3450
5 Shamshabad 21 2528
TOTAL 75 11,516
Source: Department of Education, Govt of Telangana.
According to the Department of Secondary Education, Government of Telangana State, there are 38,656 girl students studying in 419 government schools. To attain the objectives, NIRDPR is reviewing the range of economic, social, cultural and geographical conditions with feasible representatives of beneficiaries in the sample areas. The methodology also includes Focus Group Discussions (FGD) to deliver fair information to the sample respondents.
NIRDPR has established an exclusive Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, Public Private Partnership and Peoples Action (CSR, PPP & PA) which is functioning as ‘Nodal Centre’ for engaging the leaders in business, Panchayati Raj Functionaries, Government Development Administration, NGOs, Public and Private Sector Enterprises and other stakeholders in policy dialogue and advocacy for better involvement of these players towards inclusive development of the country.
The Centre – CSR provides academic services on consultancy basis in the form of specific training-on-demand such as capacity building and Millennium Development Goal (MDG) programs on CSR management and undertakes research activities like Baseline surveys, Monitoring and Evaluations, Impact Assessment studies and Social Audits etc. forPublic Sector Undertakings, Private Corporate Houses, National and International Service Organisations. Many CSR Executives have been trained through such national level programs.
The National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), an autonomous organisation under the Union Ministry of Rural Development, is a premier National Centre of Excellence. Recognized internationally as one of theUnited Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), it builds capacities of rural development functionaries, elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs), bankers, NGOs and other stakeholders through inter-related activities of training, research and consultancy.NIRDPR also oversees the State Institutes of Rural Development (SIRDs). The SIRDs focus on the qualitative development in the ongoing rural development schemes and sensitize the elected representatives of Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) to be proactive through capacity building activities at the State level. NIRDPR also conducts training programmes for various government functionaries at these SIRDs on cross-cutting issues within rural development. The Institute is located in the historic city of Hyderabad in Telangana State. NIRDPR has completed 61 years. In addition to the main campus at Hyderabad, this Institute has a North-Eastern Regional Centre at Guwahati, Assam, to meet the NE-regional needs.
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