Child Friendly Villages, one of the grass root programmatic interventions of Global March, is based on replication of a successful ‘child friendly villages’/ Bal Mitra Gram (BMG) model from India, aiming to end child labour and promote education through community participation. Initiated in 2001 by Global March’s sister organisation and a pioneering child rights organisation in India, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA), the model has been successfully adapted and implemented in more than 500 villages in India and Nepal, having integrated children, youth and community participation for holistic transformation of the communities.
Expanding this model’s successes to the world, Global March has supported communities in Uganda and India, by enhancing their awareness on child labour and education, resulting in increased access to schools by child labourers and out of school children. Global March’s intervention has also created civil society structures for community and children’s participation in local decision making and governance concerning the rights of the child and making the environment viable for children to thrive. Apart from these, Global March has also built capacities and engaged with CSOs, law makers and the government on policy related matters aiming to eliminate child labour and promoted quality education for all.