What We Do

Advocacy the centre of NINEISMINE campaign. We have a vibrant group of child advocates from vulnerable communities of our neighbourhoods that pilot the processes and resources.Local Government school going children , and out of school children are trained as active child advocates.

These children are then organised into active and meaningful children’s parliaments at a Junior, Senior and Youth levels. The group of children are trained in various performing arts as medium to be able to lobby for child rights.

Areas of work

  1. Embodying Advocacy

PRATYeK’s

Young Advocates for Social Harmony (YASH)

Programme is  a 3 years old  initiative that is  based on a child led democracy and rights  based model.  YASH programme  operates from resource  centers in central  Delhi and sub-urban Mumbai

YASH provides platforms to children to speak about their rights and build  their capacities as active citizens of today while supplementing their educational and developmental rights.

JASH’N

(Junior   Advocates  for Social   Harmony and Nature)   has been recently initiated to address needs of the younger citizens between 5 and 12 years of age.

YASH supports kids for a positive change in their life and gives them an opportunity to learn and develop.

Objectives

To facilitate the development of 150 YASH children and make them aware of their rights, social issues and current affairs around the world.
To capacitate children to ensure implementation of SDGs, CRC and
NPAC.
To have 3 active YASH Children’s Parliaments
1 Junior and 1 Senior Children’s Parliaments and 1 Youth Parliament.
To supplement learning by providing academic tuitions, co-curricular activities and main-streaming drop-outs to schools.
To enhance communication, English speaking skills and personality development of the YASH members.

JASHN

JASH’N (Junior Advocates for Social Harmony and Nature) has been recently initiated to address needs of the younger citizens between 5 and 12 years of age.

2. Embedding Justice (adJUSTed)

PRATYeK is the presence of Edmund Rice International in India. The ‘e’ signifies Edmund Rice, the founder of the Christian Brothers and whose vision is the inspiration of PRATYeK.

All Edmund Rice (ER) ministries (including formation) and some other schools and boards in India embed justice and advocacy into their curriculum and systems.

All Edmund Rice (ER) ministries (including formation) and some other schools and boards in India embed justice and advocacy into their curriculum and systems.

  • ER stakeholders – principals, students, leadership, staff, parent, ex-pupils, the ERN, Brothers and those in formation – imbibe the call to justice and advocacy.
  • All ER ministries in India have a regular and functioning justice program across all year levels of their system and into their annual programs and activities.
  • All ER ministries adopt the ER Human Rights Curriculum
  • That this ER curriculum and system is promoted and adopted by some of the other schools and even boards.

Just Us Animators Meet held in Delhi in May 2016 was run by PRATYeK for the Indian Province. Each school’s Justice Animators were invited to draw up an Advocacy Plan for their school. Mr Vijay Kumar from Shanti Ashram in Coimbatore conducted the training session on behalf of Arigatou International, based in Geneva.

In July, The Shillong Training 2016 held in July; involved formal training of secondary and tertiary students and their staff, plus other meetings that involved understanding the self of the person.

Principals Meet, February 2017

Four formal meetings with all principals of the ERI Schools were organized where all Principals came on board with the idea of embedding justice in their curriculum. The prime organisers of the program were Br. Simon Coelho of the Edmund Rice Ministries office along with Br. Ralph (President of PRATYeK) and Br. Steve, (Executive Director of PRATYeK). The primary inputs were given by Mr. Dinu from tGELF on the LEADS program. Ms. Annie Koshi from St Mary’s, Safdarjung and Sr. Mercy from Loreto Convent also shared their experiences in embedding justice into their curriculum.

The major decisions taken were

  • To organise a JUST FAIR to encourage children from their schools to interact with children in the margins of the locality through interactive games
  • To ensure the support and appointment of Just Us Animators 15 PRATYeK Annual Report 16-17
  • To ensure that staff members attend the further training sessions of the LEADS program
  • That at least 2 chapters of the prescribed adjusted curriculum be incorporated into the school’s curriculum for the forthcoming academic year.

3. Empowering Collaboration

We are known as a front-runner in the promotion of vibrant networks of organizations and schools engaged in child-rights.

  • We have developed a network of at least 1000 actively engaged schools and NGOs across India; and all child-rights organizations and most schools in New Delhi.
  • PRATYeK attempts to build an international network of schools or child rights organizations towards furthering the cause of child-rights and advocacy for the same.
  • PRATYeK promotes and facilitates activities of the ERI and EREBB and other ER networks.
  • PRATYeK supports all CSO in their efforts to promote and protect child and earth rights and other issues in sync with its vision, mission and values.
  • PRATYeK creates forums for organizations to influence national and international mechanisms for the protection of child rights.
  • PRATYeK uses various media including formal and social media for the promotion of its values and child rights issues (websites and monthly mails).
  • PRATYeK provides regular material and workshops for these schools and organizations for the training in advocacy and justice.
  • PRATYeK provides organizations working with children with skills on advocacy with children and other relevant skills.

HAQ KI SHOR

PRATYeK, under the banner of NINEISMINE campaign attempts to gather children from varied schools and child rights organisations by providing them the skills and information of SDGs, varied democratic platforms and social issues. HAQ KI SHOR is a pun that implies both child rights and child participation to claim the same. These sessions are held regularly in the capital and on some occasions in varied centres across the country.

DRUM OUT POVERTY  

The Drum Out Poverty Day was designed to mobilize children to spread awareness on social issues and advocate for justice and fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goal within the local context. Drums have been our symbolic medium to highlight on the issues. Every year we hold a Facebook vigil to mark the day, wherein we request schools and networks to send us a 3-4 minute video of their students drumming out issues which impact the life of the vulnerable community and human rights issues that you are concerned about.

Global Goal Keepers:

Global Goal Keepers was a project implemented in collaboration with Humraah with the support of UNICEF. The project ran from 10th April 2016 to 15th June 2016. Through this project, UNICEF India along with NINEISMINE and Humraah aimed to create platforms to build on the most vulnerable children’s (last child) capacities to access their rights and entitlements with reference to the Global Goals. There is an ongoing discourse on the benefits of development reaching out to 80% of the population. Through the Global Goal Keepers campaign,we aimed to reach out to the last 20% first – those who are often referred to as the left-out children.This was done through workshops with children on child rights and global goals.

4- Enabling Participation

Inclusive Children’s Parliament

Promoting children’s rights to participate ‘in all matters affecting the child’. NINEISMINE will provide children with a child friendly platform, strategies, and skills to influence power centers to promote child rights, child participation, and child led advocacy through the medium of active children’s parliaments, even as the children attempt to realize the spirit of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

For the Purpose  Each state in the country to have at least two functional and, the Union Territories to have at least one functional neighbourhood (local) children’s parliament by December 2020.

The entire network of Children’s Parliament to be effectively federated to interact with parliamentarians and positively influencing Election Manifesto and other local, state, national and international democratic processes.

Working towards SDGs

We educate kidizens to advocate and promote the sustainable development goals. Y.A.S.H kids forms parliaments and hold discussions regularly on how to incorporate SDGs in their daily language. We have SDGs ministers to foster and educate others about SDGs and its importance.

Along with the projects mentioned above we have majorly three areas of work which is imbibed into all of our projects.

5- ENGAGING POWER

On Par with Power

PRATYeK organizes delegations, interactions with policy-makers, workshops, official- correspondence, reviews of child rights and child centered policies other tools like manifesto writing and UPR reporting as mediums of influence.

We create and publish resources and materials that will facilitate interactions with policy makers and all stakeholders, advocacy and understanding in justice.

We engage a professional team of researchers as well as social-advocates to dialogue impactfully with policy-makers.

Lobbying with Embassies:

The children of NINEISMINE were involved in lobbying with Embassies and Consulate Generals asking them to take up the issues of the children of India at the UPR forum at the United Nations in Geneva. The Children visited many Embassies like Embassy of Pakistan, Canada, Slovenia, Azerbaijan, Gambia, Uruguay, Ireland, Austria, Ethiopia, Togo, Guinea, Seychelles, Australian High Commission, Consul General of France in Mumbai, Consul General of the US in Kolkata, UN Women, UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, World Health Organization (WHO), UNESCO and Maldives.

6 – Embracing The Earth

Earthopean dream

7- Encouraging International

Children Beyond Borders

Immersions are very crucial part of this partnership. EREBB and ERI schools have also contributed towards the Drum out poverty day celebrations of the NINEISMINE campaign. The schools come for an exchange program and interact with students, learning about their life and their struggles. They take back them a very strong advocacy component and the knowledge of the SDGs.

We also get individual volunteers who came for a day or two or at times for longer durations to interact with children. Andreas Ceska from Vienna, Austria is one partner who visits every year to train our children in the art of advocacy through different mediums of art like circus art and mime. Lynne Moten from Australia is our another devoted and regular volunteer. She comes to India to work with children and help them with their studies and communication skill enhancement.