Delhi, India

India is home to the largest number of children in the world with around 500 million under the age of 18. About 406 million people live below the national poverty line. India has the highest rate of child marriage in the world, where one in three girls become child brides. Indian children face serious threats to their standards of living, health, education, and access to justice, as well as the particular rights violations faced by children in street situations, refugee and asylum-seeking children, trafficked and adopted children, and those in forced child labour.

PRATYeK’s YASH (Steering Young Advocates for Social Harmony) project enables child-led advocacy to address child rights through formal Children’s Parliaments ensuring the voices of children are heard where decisions are being made about them.

  • These parliaments provide an opportunity for marginalised children to engage local, state, national and international policy makers to keep them accountable for the delivery of all rights for all children.
Young Advocates for Social Harmony (YASH) program training
  • 120 YASH children from vulnerable and marginalised slum communities are organised as parliamentarians and ministers accountable for various portfolios. Each child minister is appointed as a UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) minister.
  • Children learn about their portfolios and are trained
  • in information sharing, consultation, decision-making and initiating action for child rights and sustainable development goals. Eventually, they speak in parliaments about critical issues of their ministries.
  • The children are provided supplementary education, nutritious daily meals,
  • extra-curricular activities, personal development training, professional/creative arts training, educational tours, health check-ups and mental health sessions.
  • The children become agents of change
  • in their communities and engage with students from a large number of schools and child rights organizations to undertake environmental campaigns collaborating on Climate Action.
  • Regular interaction
  • in their children’s parliament provides a way for children to learn the art of leadership and formal steps/processes for different initiatives.