DLSA conducts training for law teachers of South & West

Namchi, 28 Jun [IPR]:

Two-day training programme for teachers teaching lessons in law for South and West districts commenced at Community Hall in Namchi, South Sikkim today. The programme organized by District Legal Service Authority [South & West] in co-ordination with Sikkim State Legal Services Authority [SSLSA] had the presence of Chairperson, DLSA [South], Jyoti Kharka, Secretary, DLSA [South], Sonam Denka Wangdi, along with teachers from various schools.

Secretary, DLSA [South], Ms Wangdi, spoke in-depth about the aims and objectives of the training and added that this training will assist in instilling appropriate knowledge and sensitization about law as an integral part of school curriculum.

Resource person, Bhupendra Giri [Ld Panel Advocate], spoke in detail about the training programme which is to equip the teachers to be well-versed with the various facets of law which they can then propagate amongst the students. He emphasized that teachers should encourage a variety of activities and interaction in disseminating awareness regarding laws rather than a one-way transmission of information. He also talked about the different kinds of rights, duties and restrictions provided under the Constitution of India while highlighting easy access to justice for everyone.

Mr Giri underlined that teachers should be legally well-informed and capable in responding to the problems concerning the pupils. Additionally, he elaborated that the teachers need to sharpen their familiarity regarding Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act [PC-PNDT Act] and Sikkim Anti Drugs Act [SADA Act].

Another resource person, Anjan Sharma [Ld Panel Advocate], urged the teachers to gain extensive understanding about the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act [POCSO Act]. He explained the imperative need of students, teachers and staff to be trained about child protection policies in schools. He added that the teachers are required to give the details of POCSO Act to the students for their knowledge and also for the children to exercise their rights.

Mr Sharma added that the law mandatorily requires the educators of school institutions to report child abuse. He spoke briefly on the importance of awareness pertaining to such issues which will go a long way in securing the safety of children and effective prosecution of offenders. He also touched upon various other Acts and elucidated on the legal aid accompanied with these Acts in order to protect the victims.

The programme also held an interactive session between the teachers and the resource persons pertaining to the diverse laws governing the students and laymen.