School students from Thrissur district will now get a chance to involve themselves in community services and crisis management activities.
The first batch of the Junior Red Cross Society, the students’ wing of the Red Cross Society, was established in Thrissur at a function held here on Saturday.
“Health, Service and Friendship” are the three basic principles of the group movement organised in schools.
In all, 30 batches of students with a strength of 17 members each, were set up in the first phase.
Students were selected from Classes 8, 9 and 10 of schools under the Thrissur Education District.
In the next phase, the society will be expanded to Irinjalakuda and Chavakkad education districts, said Devassy Chemmannur, Revenue District Secretary of the Junior Red Cross Society.
“Protection of Health and Life, Service to others, and International Friendship are the major programmes of the Junior Red Cross Society. The objective is to inculcate a service mentality in children and to develop a socially-committed generation. Any student who can work for society without the thought of profit can be a member of the Junior Red Cross Society,” said Mr. Chemmannur.
The JRC functioning with the motto “I Serve” will mainly focus on promoting health activities among students, training in first aid and developing an aptitude in community service. Students will be given training in disaster management too.
The society will conduct vacation camps, seminars and study tours for students.
The Junior Red Cross units can be formed in schools with a minimum strength of 1,000 in secondary level classes. The JRC members in Classes 8, 9, and 10 can appear for A-level, B-level, and C-level examinations respectively.
Those who pass the JRC C-level examination will be given 10 grace marks. P.C. Chacko, MP, inaugurated the first batch of the Junior Red Cross Society in the district at a function held at St. Mary’s College on Saturday.
In all, 510 JRC cadets took the oath at the function.