Shaping cities for young children and their families
The Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge is a 3-year initiative hosted by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India, in collaboration with the Bernard van Leer Foundation and WRI India. The Challenge enables Indian cities to adopt an early childhood lens in designing neighbourhood-level improvements that promote the health and well-being of young children and their caregivers.
Coimbatore Smart City Limited is inviting ideas for improving accessibility to the park for young children and caregivers by reimagining the intersection, street abutting the park and a bus transit stop at Kumaraswamy lakefront. Interested candidates can register here.
Rourkela - Winners of Poster, Logo & Jingle Competition announced
Rourkela Smart City Ltd. has announced the winners of the poster, logo and jingle competition, launched to localise the Nurturing Neighbourhoods Challenge. The competition intended to promote the participation of citizens using the medium of music and art.
Vadodara Smart City is floating a competition to design a Mobile van consisting of interactive, playful, modular elements and movable play equipment for the toddlers in the neighbourhood who lack access to play spaces. Interested candidates can register here.
Deadline: 12th August 2021
Rohtak - stakeholder engagement with young children & their caregivers
Rohtak Smart City and Department of Women and Child Development engaged with infants, toddlers and their caregivers at an anganwadi centre. The interaction helped identify their challenges while accessing the anganwadi and surroundings through a series of activities, followed by discussing potential interventions that could be implemented.
Citizen engagement session in Rajkot
Rajkot Municipal Corporation conducted a citizen engagement session with young children and their caregivers to understand issues faced by them on streets and public spaces in Rajkot. Through various activities, participants also suggested possible design solutions that can be implemented to make public spaces ITC friendly.
Total Station Surveys and Data Collection in Kakinada
Kakinada Smart City Corporation Ltd. conducted Total Station Surveys (TSS) and data collection at Vivekananda Park, Nukalamma Street, and Pindala Cheruvu. Such drives evaluate the existing on ground situations and are crucial for designing interventions at these locations.
Round 2 of Technical Workshop Series launched on July 1st, 2021
The Journey So Far
Over 60 cities participated in an open call for applications and conceptualized early childhood-oriented solutions in urban neighbourhoods. 25 shortlisted cities will now implement trials and pilots over six months to strengthen their proposals.
With over 37 million children under age 5 living in urban areas across India (Census 2011), an early childhood-centric approach to city planning, design, and management helps Indian cities achieve goals of economic growth, health, safety, and sustainability.
Adopting an early childhood lens can help city leaders, policy makers and urban practitioners envision safe, inclusive and resilient cities for all.