Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Schools to start online counselling to curb child abuse

Schools in the national capital region (NCR) would take the help of experts and start online counselling to curb child abuse and corporal punishment, Women and Child Welfare Minister Renuka Chowdhury said here Friday.

'Corporal punishment and child abuse needs to stop in schools. Children are now under tremendous pressure and we must try to de-stress them,' Chowdhury said in a conference of school principals and administrators here.

Taking note of the increasing violence and sexual abuse in schools, Chaudhury had called a meeting of principals and administrators of the NCR region to discuss and 'ensure safe environment for children in schools'

Principals of 55 schools, members of child rights organisations, Kendriya Vidyalayas, child psychologists, NGOs working for the children cause and representative of the United Nations were part of the workshop.

She said her ministry is in consultation with the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry to start online consultation in schools, so that students can express themselves 'without any fear and inhibition'.

Chowdhury said sexual behaviour experts like Prakash Kothari should be consulted in schools to know the mind of students. Psychologists can really help a school in unravelling a young mind and thus helping him grow in the right direction.

She advised all government and private schools to form parents-teachers core group, which will help in tackling situations. She said corporal punishment in play school is also not acceptable.

'A problem child should not be given corporal punishment. No one is violent by birth and both teachers and parents must understand the problem rather than blaming him or her.

'We need to de-stress our kids,' Chowdhury emphasised.

The minister and participants also discussed the recent incident in Euro International School in Gurgaon, where two students shot dead one of their friends.

Source: http://www.indiaenews.com/education/20080125/93878.htm

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