The Government and Assisted Schools of Tamil Nadu will observe an “awareness week” from August 12-18, focusing on improving health, hygiene, self-confidence and awareness of the various beneficial programs available for them.
An announcement regarding the need to conduct awareness programs for students was made to the Assembly earlier this year by Minister of School Education Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi. The week will begin with students making a commitment to their school.
Throughout the week, directors of education were asked to ensure that a host of activities took place in schools. At the district level, the Department of School Education will also coordinate with the Departments of Health and Family Welfare, Social Welfare and Women’s Empowerment and the Police. A circular detailing the same has been sent to directors of education in all districts.
In addition to being informed about the various government programs in place for health, students will also be informed about personal hygiene. As part of social protection, schools were encouraged to raise awareness about preventing child marriage, the Juvenile Justice Act and the POCSO Act.
As the Department for School Education said in its announcement to the Assembly that it wanted to raise awareness about drug abuse prevention, this will focus on that, in addition to cybersecurity and road safety. Schools were encouraged to hold art and speech contests focusing on drug addiction and its prevention.
Schools in Tamil Nadu started in June earlier this year, and a slew of additions to the daily timetable included activities emphasizing students’ physical and mental health. The awareness week also aims to improve this.