For the safety of girl students, the Burdwan district administration has decided to introduce self-defence training in all the schools that falls under Burdwan. The decision was taken after it was found out that many of the school-going girls often become the target of goons and offenders. They take advantage of the fact that these rural girls have to travel a lot in order to attend schools and sometimes cross fields and barren roads, according to a top district official.
Due to this regular harassment, many of the students drop themselves out from the schools as their parents pressurize them for the same. According to the Burdwan District Magistrate Saumitra Mohan, “The self-defence training, introduced under the ‘Sarva Shiksha Mission’, will somewhat take care of the problem faced by the girls.”
Under the self-defence training programme, the Physical education teachers of the schools would make aware of the skills that the girls could need in future, so that it could get included as part of the school curriculum through physical education. The programme would contain certain life skills that would contain certain dos and don’ts in the day to day life of the girls. The students would further be taught to control their adolescent emotions and given suggestions over forming groups to extend co-operation among each other through building personal rapport.
Through the skills acquired by the self-defence programme the girls would be able to sense the impending danger and make them ready to fight for the situation. The programme would consist of 15 self-defence skills comprising of Karate-Judo and Kick boxing along with flexible body movement training and some other physical skills. With the help of specialists in Kick Boxing, Karate and Judo Association of Burdwan, the administration has already formed a self-defence module which would then be promulgated to the students in various schools.
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