28 December, 2017
GEAG co-organised a one-day workshop on Dec 28, 2017 titled ‘Consultation workshop for children-centric and climate-resilient WASH, Nutrition and Education in Uttar Pradesh’, in collaboration with Climate Action Network South Asia, UNICEF India and PHIA Foundation to gather inputs from state government line departments and civil society in the State to develop capacity-building modules for the audience in attendance.
The event witnessed participation from government departments including the Environment Directorate, ICDS, etc. The module authors presented the modules they have developed to establish cause and effect links between climate risks in the three sectors as well as practical solutions in the form of policy reforms for WASH, Nutrition and Education.
Method of the Workshop
The workshop began with the discussion of climate impacts in Uttar Pradesh and specific risks related to WASH, Education and Nutrition. Participants were then segregated into three groups in which detailed discussion on each sectoral module was conducted. It was helpful to discuss the modules for making them context-specific as per issues in the State. The participants responded positively by contributing to the discussion and thus enriching it with diverse perspectives.
Policies and schemes under discussion
The sectoral discussion was guided by the existing schemes and missions in the respective themes of WASH, Education and Nutrition. The schemes discussed in education group were Right to Education Act 2009, Mid-Day Meal Scheme (1995) and Integrated Child Development Society (ICDS).
In the nutrition group, the schemes, policies and institutions discussed were: National Food Security Mission, Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojana, NRHM, MDM, anganwadis, etc.
In the WASH group, the discussion centred on NRHM, ICDS, NRDWP, National Mission on Sustainable Urban Habitat and SDGs.
The participants expressed their interest to receive the updated modules for application in their respective departments and programmes and invited the organisers to arrange similar events for the concerned departments to align their policies, schemes, projects and institutional mechanisms to promote climate resilience of women and children.