School News

A POCSO (Protection of Child from Sexual Offences) workshop was held in Himalaya Public Sr. Sec. School on 10th April, 2018. It was presided by Mrs. Shalini Gupta advocating the cause. She spoke in detail about the prevalence of child abuse in our society and emphasized on the importance of identifying symptoms that might be the cause of behavioural changes amongst students ( regarding physical or mental abuse within the realms of society i.e family and friends). She reiterated the importance of role played by educators in the safety and security of children. The thrust of workshop was to raise awareness amongst school and students about the POCSO Act. As per CBSE guidelines, all affiliated schools need to adhere to the guidelines specified in the POCSO Act, to prevent sexual exploitation in schools. Suggestions were made to develop training programs to increase awareness amongst teachers and students to enable them to address these issues appropriately. The continous sensitisation of children towards this issue through classroom activities was also recommended. Proposals such as self-defence training for girls, setting up of complaint committees, complaint boxes and counselling provisions were put forth to carry forward this program. The participants benefitted greatly through the discussion and felt better equipped to adopt practices within their school in support of POCSO. She also stressed that schools need to play a proactive role and teachers need to take the lead in connecting with their chldren to m ake it work. Students are also being periodically sensitized to remain alert about the menace and to freely report to parents and teachers in the event of any such problem.