A workshop on POCSO was held at Inventure Academy for its support staff. This was conducted by Smita and Priyadarshini from Enfold, an organization that has created a unique scientific and value based program on Life Skills, Gender Empowerment, Sexuality and Personal safety for children. Topics discussed included Social responsibility, Safety and sexuality, Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Child Sexual Abuse-Awareness and Sensitization. The session was very interactive, with the support staff appreciating the workshop!
We spoke to some of the support staff at school which included drivers, bus didis, housekeeping didis and the canteen staff.
Arunkumar has been a driver with Baghirathi, our transport vendors, for the past 4 years.
“I was very happy with the training given to us. It has made me even more conscious of how I should handle any difficult situation with patience and calm. Treating everyone with respect and ensuring that I am on my best behavior has always been my mantra and after this session I am even more determined to be one of the best school bus drivers in the company.”
Nandiyammal is a school didi and has been with us since 3 years.
“The training program opened my eyes and gave me a good idea of how my behavior can affect the children. As a mother I have a lot of patience with the students. If a child or faculty member is rude I would ask them to not speak to me in that manner as I am also a human being working with dignity.”
Subash Mallik is a canteen staff member and has been with us since 5 years.
“We have had such training programs in the past in school. I learned something new and different this year with regard to actions and consequences.” Mary Josephine and Pushpa have been bus didis for the past 2 years.
“We appreciated that someone was taking time to explain to us, what was acceptable behavior, not just in school but also in our own homes! Though we knew most of what was explained we were made aware of many issues that we had not paid close attention to.”