1 Cr children join ‘Satyarthi Class’ on child sexual abuse

Jaipur: Noble Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi conducted the largest ever lesson on child abuse in Jaipur on Wednesday. The 35-minute session on ‘increasing awareness on the dangers of sexual abuse’ was held at the DAV Centenary Public School.  More than 10,000 children attended the session from multiple branches of the DAV school.

The session focused on lessons on basic rights that children are granted under the constitution of India, the difference between good touch-bad touch and the need to understand the principles of ‘no touch’ as something to protect themselves and other children from potential abuse.

“The lesson covered the need to be fearless and not harbour feelings of fear, shame or embarrassment, and to immediately take action or seek help if actions of others make us feel uncomfortable,” said the Nobel Laureate. There were several hundreds of schools that simultaneously took the special session designed by Satyarthi himself in the state of Rajasthan.

“Satyarthi Class” as it is popularly known among children and teachers will have over one crore students attending it across the country. The core education aligns with key goals set by the Bharat Yatra on child sexual abuse and trafficking. The class will be held in 693 DAV schools across the 23 states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Punjab, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. 

Additionally, governmnet and private schools in the states of Assam, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and NPS schools of Delhi-NCR will also conduct the session under the guidelines provided by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

These states will be conducting the special class during the course of this week to contribute in ensuring the safety, security and well-being of children in the country.

Satyarthi said, “The lesson will impact the lives of lakhs of students, providing them the means necessary to protect themselves from potential abuse, pan India. It is not just important but critical to promoting necessary awareness about abuse and assault, given very high instances of such heinous crime happening in our country. Our aim is to teach children to recognize danger and threat and to distinguish between normal behaviour and perpetrators. One of the best ways to stop is moral epidemic is to empower children to protect themselves.”

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