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Tripura to form Child Right clubs in schools

TCPCR Chairperson Nilima Ghosh said besides academic curriculum, children must know their rights, self-protection mechanism and social issues they have been encountering everyday in the changing situation.

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Agartala: Tripura Commission for Protection of Child Rights (TCPCR) on Wednesday announced to open child rights clubs in all the schools in collaboration with education department to sensitise and educate the children about their rights and self protection.

Expressing serious concern over increasing incidences of sexual abuses of children, consumption of drug and other delinquent activities among the children and adolescent, TCPCR Chairperson Nilima Ghosh said besides academic curriculum, children must know their rights, self-protection mechanism and social issues they have been encountering everyday in the changing situation.

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Each of the schools under Tripura government would form a club with the children of all age groups where teachers will impart them training and if required TCPCR would arrange workshops for the selected teachers.

The club members would be given the opportunity to interact on the issues concerning their peer group, parents, teachers and their elders.

The club will also campaign against the incidents of child marriage, social abuses and exploitation including child labour at community level, Ghosh said and added, “We have spoken to education minister on the issue and all necessary steps are being taken to open the clubs in every school soon. We shall give some funds to these clubs so that they can function actively and work in accordance with the need.” T

hese clubs will work as an extension wing of TCPCR and if there is any crime or exploitation occurring on any child in any part of the state, they will report to us and if the situation demands, they can also police for immediate action, she pointed out.

The TCPCR team will regularly visit the homes, schools and hostels to get direct feedback from the children regarding their personal issues including the academic pressure.

The Supreme Court of India has a specific ruling about the weight of the school bag and teaching methods but many of the privately managed schools of Tripura have been following the direction, which has had an effect on the students.

“We are reaching out to every private and government school to ensure that direction of apex court to be followed letter and spirit at the earliest”, Ghosh maintained adding that the toilet facilities, provision of safe drinking water and other facilities and admissible comfort of the students in the schools would also be audited. 

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