Mangan Nov 19(IPR): The inaugural programme for conduct of self-defence training for girl students of elementary and secondary level students of all the government schools of Sikkim began here at Government Girls’ Secondary School Mangan, North Sikkim on November 18, 2019.
The programme was graced by the presence of District Collector North, Mr Tenzing T Kaleon as the chief guest followed by Deputy Director, Education Department North, Deputy Director, Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Gangtok and Principal, Mangan Senior Secondary School as the special guests. The training programme is funded by Samagra Shiksha and is implemented in collaboration with the Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sikkim, as per the guidelines of MHRD, Government of India.
The training is aimed to impart the basic techniques of self-defence for school going girls during their way to school, at school and in the society for their personal safety. The trained personnel from various sports disciplines are entrusted with the responsibilities of achieving those simple techniques of self-defence to all the girls of Government schools. A total of 114 such trainers have been assigned to conduct the training sessions in all the schools of Sikkim as per the prescribed syllabus.
The state level inaugural programme began with the welcome address by Deputy Director Education Department, North Mr Sebastian. The background and details regarding the training was briefed by Mr Laxuman Adhikari who is in-charge for the conduct of this training programme in Sikkim from Samagra Shiksha. Mr Jigmee Lepcha, Deputy Director, Sports presented a speech on simple techniques used for self-defence.
The Chief Guest, in his speech, laid stress on the empowerment of girls and importance of such training for them. He requested all the school-going girls of Elementary and Secondary levels to actively take part in such an important programme related to their personal safety. Speaking on the occasion Mr Kaleon stressed upon the importance of girls getting training in martial arts for self-defence. He appreciated the initiative taken by the Education Department and the cooperation and convergence by the Sports Department in this direction. During his speech Mr. Kaleon said that the young girls are often victims of violence, atrocities and abuse nowadays and it can be checked to a great extent by giving them training for self-defence.
The programme was attended by State level coaches, trainers, staff-members, students of Mangan Girls’ SS, parents and guardians. The programme concluded with the Vote of thanks by Ms Anjana Thapa.
In a further communication issued by the State Project Office of Samagra Shiksha, the State Project Director Mr Bhim Thatal has mentioned that the self-defence training for the girl students from Class 6 and above was started in Sikkim under the MHRD, Government of India sponsored scheme since 2018. This is the second continuous year such trainings are being provided to the girl students of Sikkim. He further has mentioned that all such programmes of the Education Department under the Samagra Shiksha will be carried out in close convergence with other concerned Departments. This programme is being done in convergence with the Sports and Youth Affairs Department
The SPD MR Bhim Thatal has also mentioned that another programme called Identification, Assessment and Screening Camps for the CWSNs/Persons with Disabilities is being carried out in all the four districts of Sikkim by Samagra Shiksha and Kalpataru Pratisthan, an NGO, in convergence with the Social Justice, Empowerment and Welfare Department and Health and Family Welfare Department. 26 such camps are being held across the State starting from November 11, 2019 till November 26, 2019 in Mangan, STNM, Rangpo, Ravangla, Namchi and Geysing hospitals. This programme aims at identifying disabilities among the school-going children from Classes KG to 12, those who are availing Home Based Education (because of their inability to attend the school) and out of school children. In the assessment camps, such children/persons will be screened and assessed for their percentage of disabilities and ID Cards will be issued by the competent authorities. Based on such identification, the children will be provided with appropriate management in order to continue their schooling so that no child is left out or deprived of education which is their Fundamental Right. This is a scheme under the Samagra Shiksha which provides inclusive education with provisions for inclusion of such Children with Special Needs (CWSNs) in education and for those who are severe to the extent of not being able to attend school, Home Based Education is being provided by the Special Educators. The SPD has also requested the parents and guardians to come up and bring their children to such camps for assessment and screening so that no one is left out.