BHUBANESWAR: The State Government has launched a training programme in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) in schools run by the Schedule Tribe and Schedule Caste Development (ST/SC) department to ensure safety and welfare of students through life skill education programme.
Inaugurating the programme, Commissioner-cum-Director SC and ST Research and Training Institute (SCSTRTI) AB Ota said the objective of the programme is not only to impart knowledge for better adolescent health, hygiene, nutrition, well-being and responsible behaviour but also to instill skills among students for better communication, negotiation and social skills. He said the department would adopt zero tolerance policy towards abuse and harassment of students in schools.
The State Government has approved engagement of 3000 matrons in schools to ensure availability of lady attendant for students in the tribal residential hostels.
State Programme Officer of UNFPA Kumar Manish said the organisation will provide all possible support to the department to promote life skill education in schools.
Around 250 matrons of high schools will be trained in the first phase in June 2016. In the first batch of training which concluded on June 8, as many as 67 matrons from tribal residential high schools of Kalahandi, Nabarangapur and Mayurbhanj were trained.
The SCSTRTI is planning to impart similar training to around 1200 more matrons during 2016-2017.