2.3 lakh girls getting self defense lessons in Uttar Pradesh schools

Lucknow: On March 8, 2023, in honor of International Women’s Day, the Department of Basic Education in Uttar Pradesh has announced self-defense instruction for female students in 1,000 schools around the state. These lessons are being given to 2,33,035 female pupils by sports teachers.

A tweet from the department’s official account read essentially as follows: “Sports instructors are teaching self-defence to female pupils in 1,000 schools around the state. Moreover, 2,33,035 female students have received instruction in this way.

As part of Project Shakti’s fourth phase, the Yogi Adityanath administration chose to teach self-defense skills at upper primary and composite schools last year.

To protect the security, well-being, and physical and mental independence of girls, Mission Shakti offers self-defense instruction. Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, announced the beginning of Project Shakti in October 2020.

According to the schedule, the required self-defense instruction was to start in December 2022 and finish in February 2023. All females enrolled in different schools received instruction from physical education teachers and sports coaches at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) during the allotted time for sports, physical education, the arts, and music. Under the direction of the school’s headmaster, the specialized training was carried out.

A teacher from the school was also involved in the training process in addition to the students. A fake exercise was done with the school students during the first week of the program (during the warm-up activities) to inform them about safety precautions, legislation, and hotline numbers, among other things.

The Women and Child Protection Organization’s Lucknow headquarters also released a brochure. On significant statutes pertaining to crimes against women and children, it was built. A few key lessons from the booklet were also read and thoroughly discussed with the kids.

The goal of the self-defense lessons is to assist females acquire the psychological, intellectual, and physical strength needed to protect themselves in challenging circumstances. Among the state’s 746 Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas, there are 10,904 instructors and teachers who teach health and physical education.

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