Hearing-impaired kids learn safety and hygiene, the Goa SCPCR way

Goa SCPCR launches program on personal safety education and menstrual hygiene for hearing-impaired children
NEED OF THE HOUR: Goa SCPCR  inaugurated a pioneering series of training sessions on Personal Safety Education and Menstrual Hygiene at Sanjay School, Porvorim, yesterday.
NEED OF THE HOUR: Goa SCPCR inaugurated a pioneering series of training sessions on Personal Safety Education and Menstrual Hygiene at Sanjay School, Porvorim, yesterday.Photo: Gomantak Times

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February 17, 2024 marks a significant milestone in the journey towards safeguarding the rights and well-being of hearing-impaired children in Goa.

TEAM WORK: The training sessions were held in partnership with the Goa Association for the Deaf and Human Touch Foundation.
TEAM WORK: The training sessions were held in partnership with the Goa Association for the Deaf and Human Touch Foundation.

The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (Goa SCPCR), in partnership with the Goa Association for the Deaf and Human Touch Foundation, inaugurated a pioneering series of trainings on Personal Safety Education and Menstrual Hygiene.

The inaugural program was held at the Manohar Parrikar Memorial Hall at Sanjay School, Porvorim.

THE VENUE: The program was held at the Manohar Parrikar Memorial Hall of Sanjay School, Porvorim,
THE VENUE: The program was held at the Manohar Parrikar Memorial Hall of Sanjay School, Porvorim,

Led by Sandhya Chawan (lead for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing), and Masoom Shaikh (co-lead for Adolescent Health and Wellbeing) at the Human Touch Foundation, the sessions were meticulously designed to address the unique needs and challenges faced by hearing-impaired children.

With the invaluable assistance of Josephine Fernandes, an experienced Indian sign language interpreter, the sessions delved into critical topics such as safe and unsafe touch.

NEED OF THE HOUR: Goa SCPCR  inaugurated a pioneering series of training sessions on Personal Safety Education and Menstrual Hygiene at Sanjay School, Porvorim, yesterday.
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By employing accessible communication methods, the trainers ensured that every child could actively participate and grasp the essential information.

In his address during the launch, Chairperson of the Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Peter F Borges, emphasized the importance of such initiatives in providing a safe environment for hearing-impaired children.

He underscored the unfortunate reality that instances of abuse often go unreported among this demographic due to a lack of understanding, courage, and trusted adults to confide in.

This collaborative effort between the Goa SCPCR, Goa Association for the Deaf, and Human Touch Foundation is not merely a one-time event, but the beginning of a sustained commitment to empower hearing-impaired children across the state.

NEED OF THE HOUR: Goa SCPCR  inaugurated a pioneering series of training sessions on Personal Safety Education and Menstrual Hygiene at Sanjay School, Porvorim, yesterday.
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Plans are underway to extend this training series to all schools catering to hearing-impaired students.

Moreover, based on the feedback and outcomes of the initial sessions, tailored programs will be developed to ensure the long-term efficacy and relevance of the intervention.

NEED OF THE HOUR: Goa SCPCR  inaugurated a pioneering series of training sessions on Personal Safety Education and Menstrual Hygiene at Sanjay School, Porvorim, yesterday.
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The Goa SCPCR is dedicated to fostering meaningful partnerships and collaborations to advance the rights and welfare of children across the state.

In this endeavour, the commission teamed up with the Goa Association for the Deaf and Human Touch Foundation, recognizing their invaluable expertise and insights in supporting the hearing-impaired community.

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