Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 9:
Odisha government’s Scheduled Tribe and Scheduled Caste Development Department has partnered with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for providing a Life Skills Education programme for students in the tribal residential schools to ensure their safety and well-being.
For this, around 800 teachers are being trained during this summer vacation of whom 600 have already been trained to provide life skills education in schools.
The trained teachers in turn will conduct sessions for students having a particular theme each month during the academic session.
Around 170 ANMs posted in residential schools have also been trained on health screening, treatment of minor ailments, prompt referral and dealing with adolescent health issues in partnership with UNFPA.
Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of life.
The objective of programme is not only to impart knowledge for better adolescent health, hygiene, nutrition, well-being and responsible behavior, but also to instill skills among students for better communication, negotiation and social skills.
This is expected to ensure an informed and safer growing up process where students are able to effectively handle critical situations in their lives.
Earlier this year, the department had issued comprehensive guidelines on safety and security of students in schools and is following it up with district level sensitization programmes for all district level supervisory officers and heads of schools.
Effort on all fronts by the department is expected to bring about a positive change in the school environment. Introducing life skills education program is another welcome step, which aims at promoting healthier growing up process and ensuring safety and security of the students.