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Campaign against Child Abuse for Students

As part of the nationwide campaign against Child Abuse organized by FMA NDF, campaigns were conducted in the three schools of Shillong Province on November 11, and 12, 2014. Spearheading the campaign is the Heritage Club, of Auxilium Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Nongthymmai – Shillong under the leadership of Miss Paula Pakynteiñ.

The first day of the campaign was conducted at St. Mary Mazzarello Girls’ Higher Secondary School Jowai, West Jaiñtia Hills district which is 64 kilometers away from Shillong. Miss Paula along with two students of 10th standard Miss Daphisha R. Wanniang and Lapdianghun Nongkhlaw addressed the issue of Child Abuse to the 1173 (one thousand one hundred and seventy three) students. The main topics dealt were: What is Child Abuse?, types of Child Abuse, Child Rights with emphasis to Right to Education, Safety measures and stressed mainly on Child Sexual Abuse which is predominant in the state as a whole. Through well-prepared charts the speakers brought home the message of being aware of the abuses meted on children and at the same time to take precaution from inviting such danger. They were also exhorted to share the message with their peers who have not heard about such sensitive issues. The campaign provided platform to children in clarifying the understanding of abuses. There was a lively interaction between the students and the speakers. Queries of students were tackled with much precision to the satisfaction of the hearers and benefit of all. Miss Paula proposed to have Martial art and life skills programs as regular co-curricular activities. The gathering remembered and prayed for victims of child abuse using the prayer card printed for the occasion.

On November 12, 2014 the campaign was conducted in two other higher secondary schools of Shillong with 920 (nine hundred and twenty) students in Auxilium Nongthymmai and 1126 (one thousand one hundred and twenty six) students at Sacred Heart, Mawlai. In all 3219 students and 45 teachers have participated in the campaign.