e-learning modules, skill enhancing programmes for women and special play centres for children are some of the add-ons planned by the government as part of its plan to modernise nearly 4,000 anganwadi centres in the country.
The modernisation would be undertaken as part of an agreement signed by the Women and Child Development (WCD) Ministry with the Vedanta group which will develop and modernise anganwadis in the country, an official release said.
The modernisation process will have e-learning modules for children and skill enhancement programmes for women. This centre will also act as a focal point for immunisation, gender sensitisation and maternal care, the release said.
“The children with a modern learning environment and play area, the new centres will also act as a platform for empowering women and young girls through multi-skilling,” the statement added.
The anganwadis are proposed to be run as a shared space in which 50 per cent of the time will be devoted to children’s education and the remaining half will support women’s skill development.
The centre will have a solar power, television for e-learning, hygienic toilets and pure drinking water supply.
“We are planning to modernise the anganwadis and revamp these as enablers that will not only provide supplementary nutrition and basic healthcare services in villages but also function as a place to mobilize the village women to increase their participation in community development,” V Somasundaran, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development said after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard.
Post-construction, the anganwadi centres will be handed over to the respective panchayat or local urban body to be maintained, the release added.
Anganwadis centres set up by the government to combat child hunger and malnutrition. The centre also provides basic health care in villages and othe healthcare ctivities include contraceptive counselling and supply, nutrition education and supplementation, as well as pre-school activities.