“Awareness allows us to get outside of our mind and observe it in action.”
Every human has four endowments – self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom. The power to choose, to respond and to change. Maxfort School, Rohini conducted a workshop on POCSO act and Respect Opposite Gender for Class VI on 17 January 2019, which was conducted by Mr Lucky. He familiarized the students with the POCSO act – Prevention of Children from Sexual Offenses, 2012 which was established by the Government of India to protect the children against sexual abuse and harassment. He emphasised that child abuse is prevalent in schools, homes, neighbourhood and other public places.
The children were sensitised about the various forms of child abuse like when a child is neglected at home or school, mistreatment of the child and taking advantage of kids who are younger. Then he further elaborated the physical, sexual, emotional and child neglect as the types of abuse and how a child suffers in all the four cases. Moreover, he defined good touch and bad touch. In the end, students were shown a short movie about a 9-year-old girl who suffered the sexual abuse. It also depicted how children should leave hesitation and report such profound issues with their teachers and parents. He also stressed on the mandatory role of teachers in reporting any incident of child abuse. Teachers must recognize the symptoms of sexual abuse and know how to deal with it. He also highlighted the role of women in society by giving them equal respect. The session was quite informative and gave clarity to the students as well as the students also cleared their doubts. At last, he solved the queries of students and suggested them to be vigilant. The workshop was very informative and gave clarity to Maxfortians on a number of points.