Web based integrated child tracking system for data collection, monitoring, analysis, follow-up and protection of children
Bangalore 27, March 2014: Our Children Our Progress – an ambitious project, conceived and developed by CRT, a child tracking system for the collection, monitoring, analysis and follow-up of information for the protection of children will be launched by Mr. Umesh Aradhya, Chairman, Karnataka State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights [KSCPCR] on 29th March at EDC auditorium in the city at10.30 am.
Mr. Sridhar Pabbisetty, Chief Programme Officer at B.PAC; Ms. Shashikala Shetty, Project Director, Integrated Child Protection Scheme [ICPS], GoK; Ms. Suchitra Rao, Independent Development Consultant; Mr. Guruprasad, Partnership Manager, Railway Children, UK; Mr. William Gali, Country Director, Every Child, UK; Dr. Padmini, Trustee, Child Rights Trust will take part in the programme. This will be followed by a discussion on the status of children and the importance of collection and analysis of statistics in relation to children.
The condition and well being of children in a community denotes the development indicator of that state or the nation. For this purpose, information related to children is collected in large numbers. Of late, this kind of collection, analysis and reports are prepared with the help of computers and technology. But, still we find disparities in reports, analysis and reports due to non compatibility in statistics collected by various NGOs and Govt departments that are working for upholding the rights of children. The sum total effect of it is continued violation of child rights.
In order to check these obstacles, CRT has developed web- based software-Our Children Our Progress for collection and analysis of child centred information locally and for generation of reports. Child centred information gathering begins from the womb and will be followed up till the children complete 18 years of age. With the help of this system, information will be collated and analysed and reports on the situation of children are provided to the service providers, enabling them to uphold the rights of the children and to prevent exploitation like discrimination, abandonment, child labour, child marriage, child pregnancy, trafficking, etc.
This dream project of CRT is financed by EveryChild, with technical inputs by Hooduku IT solutions. This software has been tested in the last two years in 20 Grama Panchayats at Rayabagh taluk, Belgaum District with the backup of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department of GOK. MASS, a local organisation and 25 volunteers took the responsibility of collecting online data with house to house survey. The software has analysed the information of over 18,000 children from 6000 families (with children). This software generates reports that can be used by Panchayats, Anganawadi, Health centres, Schools, Police, Social welfare department and NGOs. All these stakeholders can join hands with the Panchayats in understanding the ground realities about the status of the children and analyse the same and take measures to plan accordingly to uphold the rights of children. The OCOP software also helps in checking loss and misuse of resources.
The OCOP Software helps to generate reports on:
- Age wise number of children – girls and boys
- Number of children based on religion and caste.
- Number of orphan and semi orphan children
- Number of child labourers
- Birth registration and school enrollment
- Number of children with various disabilities
- Number of girl children who are subjected to child marriage and minor child pregnancy.