Considering the concerns put forward by many parents regarding the safety of their children, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to take a step towards the safety of girls at schools. It has asked all its affiliated schools to start self-defence lessons for girls studying in class I to X.
Schools have been directed to conduct a one-week training programme in self-defence for girls at the beginning of each term. And after this, schools should also dedicate 45 minutes every day for physical activities and self-defence training.
The circular generated by the board advices schools to take up non-contact sports for training, as they cause lesser injuries in comparison to contact sports. Schools have also been told to take up sports which do not require any special infrastructure.
There is hope that this move will help inculcate self-confidence in school going girls. The training will provide them the knowledge about various strategies to defend themselves in case of situations of violence and abuse. They will also learn about the various steps that should be taken post such incidents.
CBSE said in a communication to all affiliated schools that these strategies cultivate in individuals the ability to remain alert yet calm at all times. Therefore, self-defence training will assist girl students to become more aware of their surroundings and to not feel helpless in any situation.