Date: October 11, 2017 at 1:44 pm
DAILY DIARIES- 11th October

Jaipur: Route 1 (Main Yatra)

In the morning of 11th October (Day 31) Noble Peace Laureate, Shri. Kailash Satyarthi conducted the largest child safeguarding lesson on child sexual abuse in Jaipur with over 11,000 students, from multiple branches of DAV Schools present at the DAV Centenary Public School. A Guinness World Record was also set with 344 students of 14- 17 years of age, who attended the child safeguarding lesson at Jayshree Periwal International School in Jaipur. A remarkable achievement of the lesson was that no child was disqualified by Guinness for being inattentive, 100% of them successfully attended the lesson. It is for the first time that a class on child sexual abuse was conducted at this scale, across a country, anywhere in the world. The 35-minute session taken by Mr. Satyarthi at two schools covered following key aspects: • Basic Needs and Child Rights • Rights of Every Child in India • Identifying and preventing sexual abuse with focus on “No touch rule” and “Learning to say No” • The Laws that Protect Every Child in India In addition, simultaneous classes were undertaken by thousands of schools across the country, where a special module on child sexual abuse, developed by KSCF for the purpose was conducted with the following category of classes: • Classes I-V • Classes VI to VIII • Classes IX to XII This module covering all aspects of prevention and protection of child sexual abuse were delivered by teachers of respective schools. A summary of schools that participated in the “Satyarthi Class” is given below: • The “Satyarthi Class” was conducted at 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 • Around 59 lakh children of classes I to XII from 60,000 government; government-aided; private; charitable and municipal schools participated in the “Satyarthi Class” from the State of Andhra Pradesh. • Approximately, 65 lakh children of classes I to X participated from 42, 864 schools (Government; Government-aided; Private; Charitable and Municipal Schools) in the State of Telangana. • In Jharkhand, 40,000 government and government-aided schools in the state of Jharkhand covering 47 lakh children also took part in the session on child sexual abuse. The Chairperson of the State Commission realized the importance of the session for Protection of Child Rights who personally took a class with children of Government Girls High school at Bariyatu, Ranchi. • In Assam, the class on child sexual abuse awareness was conducted in all 57,678 all category schools. The Secretary of the Assam Higher Secondary Council also assured that KSCF lesson on child abuse will be part of the school curriculum regularly. • In the state of Kerala, 28,958 government, private-aided and unaided schools, including 24 technical and residential schools took part in the class covering approximately 45 lakh children. • Additionally, the “Satyarthi Class” was conducted in all government schools of Tamil Nadu along with 48 schools under the Peace Trust Awareness Programme covering 2991 students in Vedasandoor and Dindigul districts of Tamil Nadu. Moreover, 79 boarding schools under Indian Public Schools Conference (IPSC) including Sainik Schools and Military Schools conducted the important session on child sexual abuse. • Under the National Progressive Schools’ Conference, 160 senior secondary private schools across the country carried out the child sexual abuse orientation as per the curriculum designed by Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation. In New Delhi, Apeejay School Sheikh Sarai and Naval Children’s School undertook the training amongst the students on awareness raising on child sexual abuse. In total, the “Satyarthi Class” was attended by over 40 million students across the country. The core lessons taught under the “Satyarthi Class” aligned with key goals set by the Bharat Yatra on child sexual abuse and trafficking, i.e to promote children’s right to be safe, free, healthy and be protected from all forms of exploitation. The programme in Jaipur also saw children give Mr. Satyarthi, Mr. Rahul Bajaj (Bajaj Auto Chairman) and the Bharat Yatra a warm welcome through a cultural programme and through the performance of nukkad natak. Commenting on the need for such a lesson, Shri. Satyarthi said, “Today, the world witnessed an unprecedented moment when over 40 million Indian children joined the war on rape and sexual abuse. They participated in the world’s largest child safeguarding lesson across India. This is the most effective attack on the age-old mindsets that stigmatise and blame the victims and strengthen the perpetrator. Today, I am confident that India’s children understand that they own their body, mind and soul. Since this generation is ready to protect itself, it is a guarantee that the generations to come will be protected.

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