Student Dissertation

Agency : Anganwadi Workers; Tribal and Non-Tribal blocks; Education; Association; Valsad district

Objective : Objectives of the study were to assess the coverage status of registered children of 0 to 6 years in the selected blocks of Valsad district. To assess the level of knowledge of Anganwadi worker regarding ICDS services in selected blocks of Valsad district. To study the association between educations level of AWW and areas (Non – Tribal and Tribal Blocks) and to study the association between knowledge of Anganwadi worker and coverage status of registered children of 0 to 6 years children. To identify the problems faced by AWWs while providing the ICDS services.

Background : ICDS was launched on 2nd October 1975, on the 106th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi 'The Father of our Nation'. ICDS is the symbol of India's commitment to her children. It provides an opportunity for the holistic development of children from vulnerable backgrounds.

Methodology : This particular study was conducted in Non – Tribal and Tribal blocks of Valsad district. Analytical cross sectional study was carried out as the primary goal of the study was to assess the knowledge level among the Anganwadi worker about the ICDS programme and the various services provided by the ICDS programme. This study was carried out from 24th February 2015 to 11th May 2015. Random samplings of Anganwadi worker in the 6 blocks of the Valsad district were conducted for the study. The sample for the present study comprises of 150 Anganwadi workers working in ICDS were selected for the study. For the study Purposive sampling technique was used. The respondents for the study were Anganwadi Worker of selected AWC of Non – Tribal and Tribal blocks of Valsad. Interpersonal interviews were done to collect the primary data. The secondary data were collected from the official reports (MPR). Semi Structured questionnaire were used with various questions frame on the knowledge among Anganwadi workers regarding the services of ICDS.

Findings : Finding of the study reflects that there coverage of registered children of 0 to 6 years were above 90 per cent that suggests that there were no significance association between knowledge level and coverage of beneficiaries. There was difference in the knowledge level of AWW in non – tribal and tribal blocks

Recommendations : During the study it was observed that in spite of high coverage in Tribal areas, most of the children are still malnourished. Though the knowledge level of AWW of tribal areas was lower than those were in Non – Tribal areas, still coverage of registered children of 0 to 6 years was high in selected blocks. Further there were significance association between education level of AWW and selected blocks