Namchi, 28th June(IPR): A two day long training programme for teachers teaching lessons in law for South and West district commenced at Community Hall today. The program organized by District Legal Service Authority (South & West) in co-ordination with Sikkim State Legal Services Authority (SSLSA) had the presence of Chairperson, DLSA (South) Ms. Jyoti Kharka, Secretary DLSA (South) Ms. Sonam Denka Wangdi alongside teachers from various schools.
Secretary DLSA (South) Ms. Sonam Denka Wangdi spoke in-depth about the aim and objective of the teachers teaching lessons in law and informed that this training will assist in instilling the appropriate knowledge and sensitization about law as an integral part of school curriculum.
Resource person, Mr. Bhupendra Giri (Ld Panel Advocate) spoke in detail about the training program which is to equip the teachers to be well-versed with the various facets of law which then they can propagate amongst the students. Mr. Giri emphasized that teachers should encourage a variety of activities and interaction in disseminating of awareness regarding laws, rather than a one-way transmission of information. He also stated the different kinds of rights, duties and restrictions provided under the Constitution of India and highlighted that justice should be easily accessible for everyone. Mr. Giri underlined that teachers play an important role in shaping the life of the students and highlighted that teachers should be legally well-informed and capable in responding to the problems concerning the pupils. Additionally, he elaborated that the teachers need to sharpen their familiarity regarding Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PC-PNDT, Act), and Sikkim Anti Drugs Act (SADA, Act).
Resource person Mr. Anjan Sharma (Ld Panel Advocate) urged the teachers to gain extensive understanding about the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO, Act). He explained the imperative need of students, teachers and staff to be trained about the child protection policy in school. He explicated that the teachers are required to give the details of POCSO Act amidst the students for their knowledge and also for the children to exercise their rights. Mr. Sharma added that the law mandatorily requires the educators of school institutions to report child abuse. He spoke briefly on the importance of awareness pertaining to such issues which would go a long way in securing the safety of children and effective prosecution of offenders. Moreover, he also touched upon various other Acts and elucidated on the legal aid accompanied with these Acts in order to protect the victims.
The program also saw an interactive session between the teachers and the resource person pertaining the diverse laws governing the students and layman.