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HEALING TOUCH: A medico examining a student at a dental camp held in Tiruchi.
HEALING TOUCH: A medico examining a student at a dental camp held in Tiruchi.

Staff Reporter

Awareness camp held for students

TIRUCHI: Figuring out sign boards was the foremost lesson that students learnt at a traffic awareness programme, jointly conducted by Child labour Elimination and Effective Rehabilitation Society (CHEERS), District Youth and Student Exnora, Indian Dental Association and Rotary Club of Tiruchi Fort, on Monday.

A group of traffic policemen trained the students on reading traffic signals and general traffic rules. Road discipline would increase the safety of both pedestrians and vehicles riders, they were told. They touched upon areas of concern that included drunken driving, use of cell phones while driving, jumping signals and overloading of vehicles.

About 200 students from 34 National Child Labour Project (NCLP) schools across the district took part in the awareness-cum-medical camp. They were split into two groups and 100-odd students in each group underwent health screening and traffic awareness programme in parallel sessions.

Doctors Iyyappan Shankar and V. Subramanian screened the students and some of them were referred to K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Hospital for further treatment.

In his inaugural address, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Tiruchi Range, M. Raja, urged the students to brave all odds and excel in academics. He urged the parents to refrain from sending their children to work in domestic and industrial establishments and warned them of stringent punishment. He said the rate of dropout in the child labour special schools had come down owing to effective teaching methodologies followed in schools.

Project Director of CHEERS K. Manju, Rotary Club president Srinivasan and District Exnora president P. Mohan spoke.

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