Shantha Sinha for M V Foundation (2018) ‘And they never lived happily ever after-The Battle for Justice Goes On; Voices of Married Girls in Telangana’.
This is a study of the plight of married girls in Telangana two years after their marriage. It interrogates the Child Marriage Prohibition Act (2006) and looks at the law as giving legitimacy to child marriage. It argues it is not marriage at all but a sanctified subjugation.
Shantha Sinha for M V Foundation (2016) ‘Lost Childhood – Voices of Out of School Children (A Study Of 15-18 Year Old Boys And Girls In Telangana)’.
This study is to understand the child population in the 15-18 years age group in the state of Telangana who are out of school in the context of their life situations taking into consideration their daily life experiences, fears and anxieties, hopes and aspirations.
Shantha Sinha for M V Foundation (2015 ) ‘Champions: Voices of Girls – A Study of First Generation Girl Students in Senior Secondary Schools of Telangana.
This study is about girl children in the 15-18 years age group who grapple with multiple challenges and yet have survived pressures and are fighting to fulfill their aspiration for education. They are referred to as ‘Champions’ to exemplify the participation of such girls who have won their battles for education. The study based in the state of Telangana attempts to identify their experiences of participation in school, challenges they have overcome, the support they received both from the government as well as non-institutional structures from primary school onwards to reach the final year of secondary school.
Shantha Sinha,(2010) Child Defenders for Child Rights
This article explores the experience of thousands of child defenders in MVFoundation who have worked relentlessly on the abolition of child labour, resolution of tensions and conflicts as well as endeavouring to ensure that children pursue and complete their education in full time formal schools. This article argues that in addition to the legal, policy and programmatic frameworks, the role of child defenders have to be adequately recognised for ensuring that children have access to all their entitlements.
Brittany Gleixner– Hayat,(2010) ‘Realising Child Rights- A Focus on the Girl’
This study is on the challenges girls faced in accessing education is based on one-on-one interviews with 60 former girl child labourers, most of whom are currently pursuing their education. All of them have been through a M V Foundation Residential Bridge Course (RBC) or have been motivated by a M V Foundation volunteer or staff member. It is also based on interviews with government officials, M V Foundation staff, and interactions with members of local child rights groups which have been initiated by M V Foundation
Mary Dowling,(2010) A Guide to Residential Bridge Course Camps : Children On The Move From Work To School.
The M V Foundation Residential Bridge Course Camp (RBC) is regarded by the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, Government of India and several NGOs in the country as being vital to the strategy for integrating older children into the formal school system. This Guide sets out to situate the Bridge Course camps in context and presents the steps to be taken to run a residential bridge course program.
Sarah Robertson,(2010) An Exploratory Study of Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation in Good Practices of Community Participation in the Context of Universalisation of Education.
The study examines the Mamidipudi Venkatarangaiya Foundation’s (MVF) approach and strategy of promoting community participation at the elementary school level and increasing school and community linkages. MVF’s philosophy and program model is also discussed. The research results are discussed for their future policy implications.
David Ledet,(2010)Why Education? Analyzing the Benefits for Former Child Laborers.
This report engages questions and connections of considerable contention, such as typical justifications for child labor, governmental policies and their impact on child labor, M V Foundation’s strategy for the eradication of child labor and universalisation of education, as well as benefits of a formal education. The successes of students, their failures, and their responses to the improvements and adversity in their lives form the focus of the report.
Rekha Wazir and Ashwani Saith,(2010) M V Foundation – Achievements And Future Directions, A Review.
This study looks at: a.) the consistency between the aims and objectives of MVF and the means employed to reach them; b. Highlight the impact of MVF‟s work on government and Panchayat Raj bodies; c. Assess the extent of institutionalization of MVF activities; d. Assess the success of its dissemination activities in Madhya Pradesh and other states; e. Analyze the impact of MVFs programmes on children, families and communities.
M.Nagarjuna and Shantha Sinha,(2004) ‘Poverty Argument –In the Context of Elimination of Child Labour’.
The study contests the argument that poverty alone is the cause for child labour. It seeks to understand if, and to what extent, even in circumstances prevailing today, the economic factors influence parents’ decisions to send their children to work. In order to focus attention on those who are most likely to be affected by the limitations imposed by economic conditions, the sample that was surveyed involved only scheduled caste families. It shows that ‘poverty argument ‘is the cause for child labour and not poverty per se.
Janne Lexow,(2001) ‘MVF India: Social Mobility for Getting Children Out of Work and Into School’.
This is a study of M V Foundation’s strategy on enrolment and retention of children in schools , social mobilization, improvement of quality of education in schools and MVF’s networking with other NGOs.
Dr.Abdul Aziz, Prof. Babu Mathew. Ms. Alpa Vora. (October 2001) M.Venkatarangaiya Foundation- An Impact Assessment.
This study of the M. Venkatarangaiya Foundation (MVF) was undertaken in the early part of the year 2000 to assess the impact of the Foundation’s work on spreading primary education. It examines the impact of the work of the M V Foundation on the problem of child labour in the region, the gains that have accrued in the process to the community including children, parents, schools and civil society in Ranga Reddy district of Andhra Pradesh.
It is argued that poverty is very often not the crucial limiting factor, and to a large extent other non-economic factors play a major role in influencing the decisions of parents to send children to work or school.