Innovation : To generate awareness among school girls and boys on child sexual abuse
Duration : Two-three times a week
Location : South District, Delhi
Key Stakeholders : Department of Education, Government Schools, School Administration, School Teacher, School Students.
This awareness generation programme was organized by the District of South Delhi in collaboration with the Department of Education and Government school students on the issues of child sexual abuse, menstrual hygiene and gender inequality. In the process, it aimed to create a protective environment that not only encourages learning, but also sensitizes students, particularly boys, towards these issues.
Aside from sensitizing a total of 44,539 students (both girls and boys), the biggest impact of the programme was that it provided a platform to the young students to not only raise their voice against child sexual abuse, but also share their personal stories of being the victims. This also included a lot of male victims that surprised the teachers present at the programme.
The organization of this programme led to the realization that there was an urgent need to educate girls and boys on these kinds of issues, which are not discussed in the public domain due to their sensitive nature. The mindsets of the parents, teachers and students involved would have an important bearing on the way in which these topics are perceived and discussed. For this reason, the biggest challenge lies in changing the society’s perception of these issues. One way of achieving this could be the organizing similar awareness programmes for parents of students. At the same time, to expand the reach of this activity, the District Administration has planned to organise them in the private schools in the future as well.