Uttar Pradesh’s Kaushambhi district has introduced a unique concept in its schools where teachers will interact with students in order to encourage them to respect women. Launched in February, the 30-minute session on ”Mahila Samman Kaksha” (classes on women’s respect) will be held in 1,410 government schools for classes one to eight.
The special class is conducted every Wednesday and aims to build strong character among the children. During the session, teachers will interact with students and discuss issues like eve-teasing, menstrual hygiene, respecting women and gender stereotyping.
The Kaushambhi District Magistrate Manish Kumar Verma said, “We have received a good response from both the students and teachers. Some teachers have also uploaded videos of these classes on their social media accounts. Teachers are also working on improving the course module to connect with more students.”
District officials and Basic Shiksha Adhikaris (BSA) has prepared a list of topics to be discussed in these classes throughout the year. During the classes, girls will be trained in self-defence as well. verma added, “Teachers will also encourage students to not hesitate in sharing their feelings and also behave like friends with siblings.” Boys will also be encouraged to help out their sisters and mothers in the household chores.
Basic Shiksha Adhikari (Kaushambhi) Raj Kumar Pandit said, “If we can teach the boys to respect women, there will be a drastic reduction in crime against women.”
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Source: IANSNews, States