Mysore

Workshop on child right’s club in schools

A workshop on topic ‘Forma­tion and implementation of child right’s club in all schools’ was organised here in the city on Thursday.

Mysuru District Admin­istration, Zilla Panchayat, UNICEF Hyderabad, Depart­ment of Public instruction, Women and Child welfare department and District Child safety unit jointly organised one-day workshop for private school teachers at Ideal Jawa Rotary School’s auditorium. Inaugurating the programme, Deputy Director of Women and child welfare department K Radha said, “This workshop is being organised with an aim to educate teachers on child rights and formation of child right’s club in their schools as even many of them did not have a proper understanding of a particular topic. In 2009 Department of Public instruc­tion had released a circular to mandatorily open child right’s clubs in all schools. But such clubs are functioning only in a few places in the district and there is a very less knowledge among the teachers on the topic. This workshop acts as a bridge to fill the gap among the teachers of various private schools of the district and help them act as facilitators of the clubs.”

“There have been a lot of abuse and harassment cas­es in various schools and this club was introduced to increase awareness among children of their rights and also the support available for them in the event of any kind of harassment or abuse. It is important for teachers to know this topic as it helps them on how to run the clubs and make them most effec­tive,” she added.

POOR RESPONSE

The workshop organised by the district administration and other concerned departments received a very poor response. Among the expected 100- 150 participants for the workshop, 20 teachers from different schools in the district partici­pate in the programme. The programme was also delayed by two hours as all the guests including DC Shikha, Police Commissioner B Dayanand, DDPI Basappa, ZP CEO P A Gopal and others failed to make their presence.

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