TIRUCHI: In a move to emphasise the need for revamping Anganwadi centres to create awareness on the child rights protection laws, the non-governmental organisations, TN-Forces and the Trust for Hope, organised a panel discussion with the Anganwadi workers.
The workers put forth various demands, which included dedicated buildings for the centres, soft toys for children and spacious playgrounds for a better functioning of the centres.
"The sanitary conditions should be improved and necessary teaching aids be supplied," one of the workers said. They insisted on certifying the teaching at the centres as pre-school education. "The provision for issuing transfer certificates by Anganwadi should be made to ensure that the children don't dropout from the centres to join other institutions," they said.
The project officer of TN-Force, A. Irudaya Veni Mary, urged the workers to make the centres children-friendly and to enhance parental participation.
The medical officer of project II, Radha Rani, stressed on the need for creating a hygienic environment for the children to grow and the importance of pre-natal and post-natal care for women.
The project officers of the Integrated Child Development Scheme, Bhagirathi and Akilandam, were the moderators of the group discussion and the programme coordinator was Aruna Sundararajan of Trust For Hope.