Berhampur, June 12 (LocalWire): The Ganjam district administration has sought public participation and support to convert its existing anganwadi centers (AWC) into model centers.
In the first phase of the programme “Kiran”, the district administration has decided to convert ten AWCs into model anganwadis in each block, and has identified 240 centers for the makeover.
The decision to seek public support was taken since the administration does not have separate fund for the purpose.
To facilitate the programme, district collector Vijay Amruta Kulange has asked the concerned officers to reach out to different organisations, philanthropists, public representatives and influential citizens in their area for voluntarily donation.
The decision was taken after the district collector reviewed the activities of AWCs on Monday.
Of the 5,141 AWCs functioning in the district, 24 are running the Integrated Child Development Schemes (ICDS); one each in 22 blocks and two in Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC).
Sharing details of the programme, Kulange said that each of the model AWCs would have the basic infrastructure facilities like electricity, drinking water, and play space, besides baby-friendly toys, benches and attractive paintings inside and outside the walls to make preschool exciting for children.
The programme also includes uniform, tie, school bags and ID cards for children, at par with those in private-sector play schools, he said.
Infrastructure facilities in the schools in the district have been improved much with the participation of the public and alumna under the state government’s “Mo School” programme, said district social welfare officer Manorama Reddy adding that the district administration is looking for similar public participation to convert the existing AWCs into model centers.