Focusing on child development with an emphasis on making them partners in child care, Sesuraj has been involved with work pertaining to policy-level intervention at the grassroots, apart from training NGOS to work with children. Stating that he has learnt the most from children he has worked with so far, Sesuraj says,
“Soon after I completed my Masters in Social Work from Loyola College, I joined Arunodayam, an organisation working for children. There, I was working with child labourers and school dropouts, trying to understand how to address their real needs and bring them back to school. They gave me an insight, turning around my approach to see them as partners and ensure child rights.” One has to empower the children to make their own decisions, he says.
“Though we care for children, we never understand them. That’s why when we make decisions they don’t work. Child’s participation makes the world better.” Adding that protection and safety becomes imperative in order to rope the children in, he says, “That becomes the base for survival and development. Unless they are protected, they cannot survive or develop and participate.”
Apart from playing a key role in the field of Right To Education and mobilising the community to make its implementation effective, Sesuraj has recently worked with the project to train police sub inspectors. As many as 1400 sub inspectors are to be deployed at police stations, who will be trained to handle children.