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“Be aware of pupils’ problems”

Towards understanding: A. Balraj, left, Principal General Manager, BSNL, Tiruchi, donating a printer to K. Manju, Project Director, CHEERS, on Thursday. T. Soundiah, Collector, is also seen.

Towards understanding: A. Balraj, left, Principal General Manager, BSNL, Tiruchi, donating a printer to K. Manju, Project Director, CHEERS, on Thursday. T. Soundiah, Collector, is also seen.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: R. Ashok

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Special teachers attached to the Child Labour Elimination and Effective Rehabilitation Scheme (CHEERS) schools, being run under the National Child Labour Project, should be fully aware of their pupils’ problems for achieving the desired goal of eradication of the menace in the society, Collector T. Soundiah, said.

Speaking at a function to mark the valediction of the five-day training on ‘Life-skills’ to the CHEERS teachers of Tiruchi and Theni districts here on Thursday, the Collector compared the behavioural pattern of a regular pupil and a child labourer-turned student. Explaining certain rigid attitudes of most of the child labourers, he said special school teachers should realise these issues.

The primary duty of the teachers, he said, was to re-discover the childhood in them, so that they could gain confidence about their talents, the need to nurture their talents and above all the values in life through education as an effective tool. “A child labourer enters the portals of a school after having been deprived of the pleasures of a childhood,” he said.

The Principal General Manager, Telecom, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, Tiruchi, A. Balraj, appreciated the efforts taken by the CHEERS authorities in sensitising the teachers to the issues being faced by the child labourers, with the sole aim of protecting child’s rights.

The resource-person from the Infrastructure, Living and Financial Services - Educational, Technical Services (ILFS-ETS), an organisation in the cause of developing skills, V. Shanthi, said the training was divided into 15 major components including developing the listening-skills; promoting team spirit; time management; entertainment. The teachers would themselves be dragged to their childhood experiences, so as to realise the tendency, aptitude and behaviour of child labourers. “The components will be a success if applied carefully,” she said.

The Project Director, CHEERS, K. Manju said that in all 42 persons including teachers of CHEERS special schools and four teachers from the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and four lecturers from the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) in Tiruchi and Theni districts underwent the training. This was the second phase of the training programme.

Mr. Balraj donated a printer to the CHEERS on the occasion and it was received by Ms. Manju.

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