CII organises workshop on ‘Making Schools Safer and Smarter’
Ranchi: The current situation in terms of safety is an alarm for schools that drawing up safety guidelines or pining them on notice board is not enough. The recent deaths, injuries, assaults and abuses of children in schools have underscored the need for better safety standards, closer monitoring of the safety of children, scrupulous screening of school staff, stronger enforcement of safety standards, active participation of parents in the safety of their children and increased use of training and technology to improve school child safety.
Against this backdrop, CII organized a workshop on Making Schools Safer and Smarter today in Ranchi. The Workshop was conducted by Dr A Senthil Kumaran, Chief Counsellor, The Learner Confluence and had dedicated sessions on Safe & Smart Schools: The Need & How; Making Schools Safer & Smarter: Assessments & Bridging the gap; My Safe School: My Class.
Addressing the inaugural session of the Workshop, Umesh Prasad Sah, Director – IT & CEO JCNL, Government of Jharkhand & Head, Startup Jharkhand said that ICT is an extremely important tool for making schools smarter. He said that the JCNL is working towards making all the government schools in Jharkhand connected through IT.
He said that under the Smart Class Project, systems would be installed in every government schools. In the first phase, the government has identified one school in each Panchayat for installing the system.
Dr A Senthil Kumaran, Chief Confluencer, The Learners Confluence during his introductory remarks sated that awareness of the school authorities and also of the parents in terms of the different safety norms is extremely critical for making schools safer and smarter. He further stated that one should not generalize all schools and teachers just because of the fact that some uncalled for incidence has occurred somewhere.
He also affirmed that building competitiveness and capability amongst the teachers is also of utmost importance. He opined that parents, schools and communities need to work together to take measures to make their schools a safe place for everyone.
Anand Dayal, Co-Convener, CII Jharkhand Skill Development Panel & General Manager, MSME Technology Center, Jamshedpur (Indo Danish Tool Room), Ministry of MSME, Government of India said that a safe learning environment is essential for students of all ages. Without it they are unable to focus on learning the skills needed for a successful education and future.
When safety norms are not followed in the educational setting, all students are affected in some way. He avowed that as school leaders, all necessary steps and precautions need to be taken to ensure the safety of all students.
Around 70 school teachers from both private and public schools attended the workshop from across Jharkhand.