School Edu Deptt issues guidelines for safety, security, economic empowerment of women, girl students
Srinagar, May 19 : The School Education Department have issued guidelines to ensure safety, security and economic empowerment of women and girl students.
In this regard, the department has issued an circular directing to adopt actionable points from Planning Development and Monitoring Department on Women Empowerment and Health and Nutrition.
According to the news agency—Director of School Education Kashmir (DSEK) has said that the second National Conference of Chief Secretaries was organized in New Delhi in January 2023 in which the Ministry of Women and Child Development emphasized on the two sub-themes namely ‘Creating Enabling ecosystem for Safety and Empowerment of Women’ and “Economic Empowerment” under broad pillar “Empowering Women”.
“Certain points emerged that are crucial for ensuring safety, security and economic empowerment of women and girls in the country and in realising the vision of the Prime Minister (PM) of turning around the country as a developed nation during ‘Amrit kaal’,” it reads.
Stating the instructions that were issued for all schools to follow, DSEK said that in order to encourage case study or problem solving in which the students can be given a situation concerning women’s dignity, safety and security and their response is sought.
“Through this exercise, some innovative solutions to problems being faced by girls or women may come up the whole class will be made aware of how to tackle such situations,” DSEK said.
The directorate also said that short films, animated videos and posters on do’s and don’ts shall be prepared and displayed at schools to sensitize the children. “Whenever the schools take children on excursion trips, the teachers should observe whether children are following practices that uphold dignity, safety and security of women and girls,” it reads.
It also said that whenever required, the teachers should sensitize the children as to how to behave with girls and women in such situations.
“The systems must be developed in such a way that the children do not feel obligated or under any kind of external pressure to do so,” reads the circular.
DSEK ordered all Chief Education Officers, Cluster Heads ,Zonal Education Officers and School Heads to ensure that these instructions are followed in the schools in letter and spirit for the empowerment of the girls students.