Consensus Building Discussions (CBD) is an ongoing process. It is achieved through workshops. It is held with teachers and principals on the utility and implementation of Project CACA in companionship with various circulars/ guidelines/ advisories/ notifications issued time to time by various School Boards, NCPCR/ SCPCR, Supreme Court, Directorates of School Education on children safety related matters. Till date, more than 1,000 schools have participated in it. The discussions were held at various host institutions where other schools were also invited like at
IIT – Delhi; IISER – Mhali; ST. Marks School – Delhi; Manav Rachna International School – Fardabad; Salwan Public School – Gurugram; KL International School – Meerut; Gurukul the School – Gaziabad; FDRC – AWES – Delhi; Army Public School – Delhi; – CBSE Sahodya Complex – Chennai; Vidyashilp Academy – Bangalore; CM International – Pune; Bhartiya Viday Bhawan AKRR – Hyderadab; Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) – Delhi; Governing Council meeting of Western Region Catholic Association for Education (WRCAE) – Mumbai; DIstirct Session Court (DLSA) – Chikmagalur, Karnataka.
The forum on our website is complementary to the CBD.
A1. In order to implement the project, the school has to prescribe “My CACA Safety Workbooks (K12)” to its students under the umbrella of Life Skills – Value Education or as a Safety Programme. There are Total 11 different “My Safety Workbooks Workbooks” in all. One workbook for Kindergarten – UKG (age 5 years); One workbook for each class/ grade 1 to 8; One common workbook for classes 9 & 10; One common workbook for classes 11 & 12 . In first year of the implementation of project CACA same workbook i.e. Safety workbook number 9 is to be prescribed to class 9 and 10 and same workbook i.e. Safety workbook number 10 is to be prescribed to class 10 and 11. The next consecutive academic year no safety workbooks are to be prescribed to class 10 and 12.
Each workbook has a complimentary parent-teacher-support staff booklet in English, Hindi and various regional languages. The booklet has three levels i.e. Level 01, 02 and 03. Each new academic year a new level is introduced and after three years we start with level 01 (revised/ new edition) again.
A2. These safety workbooks are like safety drills that are to be practiced on regular basis and not once in a blue moon kind of exercise like a workshop. Moreover, the drill has to be conducted in accordance with age appropriate learning abilities of students. If we try to achieve the objectives of project CACA via workshops alone it is simply not possible as the number of workshops and the resource persons required to conduct them in schools across India is simply not achievable. Thus it boils down to school teachers to conduct these workshops on regular basis which in other words mean teaching the CACA safety workbooks in the school timetable as a life skill and/or moral science subject. These safety workbooks can be easily integrated with the existing ecosystem of schools where life skill and moral science (value Education) is being taught in one way or the other. Besides, the companion parent-teacher-support-staff booklets and the one time workshop (covering clinical and legal aspects) in each academic year for them and provided by project CACA orient, align, educate and sensitise them on the issue of child abuse, child rights and gender equality. The workbooks can hinge on existing age appropriate reading and comprehension ability of students and thus can be implemented in a student’s familiar and trusted peer to peer and teacher student environment.
“Kitabein karti Hain Batein,
Beete Jamon Ki, Duniya Ki, Insano Ki…
Late Safdar Hashmi
A3. The Project has following set of deliverables
a. CACA Safety Workbooks (K12)
b. Parent-Teacher-Support Staff Booklets (levels 01, 02 and 03) in English, Hindi and regional languages.
c. Workshops on Clinical and legal aspect of Child Sexual Abuse; Child Rights and Gender Equality.
d. Certificates for school coordinator, school principal and school at the end of the academic year.
A5. The project focuses on child abuse prevention, gender equality and child rights and blends with various safety guidelines, advisories, rules and regulations, laws and verdicts by various NCPCR/SCPCR, Govt. Ministries and Departments, Directorates of Education and School Boards and courts that every school has to follow/ implement. Every school has to prepare for following types of safety for its students.
Child Safety Checklist for Schools
Project CACA keeping child at the center academically empowers, educates and sensitizes all the stake holders i.e. children, their parents and teachers and non-teaching staff on various aspects of safety as per the above check list and a lot more. The core medium for empowerment is children safety workbooks that are supplemented by parent teacher, support staff companion booklets and workshops.
A6. Our partner and supportive organisations/ NGO’s/ Institutions help us in conducting various types of sensitization cum awareness workshops on child rights, child abuse and gender equality issues. They provide us with resource persons/ speakers/ subject matter experts like their panel lawyers, members, judges, psychologists, psychiatrists, self defence experts, child rights activists, gender equality activists and more.
A7. Yes you can to some extent! However, the workbooks have open as well as close ended questions. For open ended questions there can be no standard answer. Remember, the outcome of these workbooks is not based on the existing school system of Authority, Accountability and Competition BUT Responsibility, Trust and Collaboration among all the stakeholders.
A8. These workbooks are not author driven. They are a result of collective efforts of experienced school counsellors, academicians, child psychiatrists, Judges/ lawyers and representatives from various subject-related NGOs. The workbooks and the entire project is the result of a democratic chain of events from opinion poll-FGD-Consensus Building Discussions-pilot programme – phase 1 and so on. The workbooks have been developed under the committee chaired by Sh. Puran Chand, Fr. General Secretary, Council of Boards of School Education (COBSE), who played a pioneering role in the Qualitative Integration of Adolescent Education, and in the development of Adolescence Education Programme Training and Resource Materials for NCERT and then there are key advisors like Dr. Dinesh Kumar – HOD, Science Department and Dr. Amit Sen (Senior Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Children First, Safdarjung). Moreover, these workbooks are judiciously mapped with various content that are available for students, teachers, parents and communities under the school education system, state commissions for protection of child rights, Ministry ofWomen and ChildDevlopment, Govt. Of India, NIPCCD, etc. The safety workbooks build on the existing age appropriate reading and comprehension ability of students. The language of these workbooks is English. We understand that the age appropriate reading and comprehension ability of students varies from school to school and city to city. Thus, the school has full freedom to change the prescribed age group to suit their student-teacher-parent environment.
A10. For teachers’ manual refer
Parent-Teacher-Support Staff Booklet (level 01) and
Mapping with like skills and other related content
No not at all! The prime role of parents/ teachers/ principals is to initiate a process of dialogue on child rights, gender equality and the sensitive issue of child abuse among themselves by keeping the child at the center of this dialogue and follow the parent-teacher-support staff booklet and the safety workbooks. The workbooks do not teach any disrespect to anyone but yes, they do promote the imperative behaviour changes required from all stakeholders – students, parents, teachers
and non-teaching staff for prevention of child abuse. Here is a pertinent example – Some of us still believe that “spare the rod spoil the child” is OK under some situations because sometimes one has to be cruel to be kind for the overall benefit of the child. But remember! Corporal punishment is not only inhuman but it also conditions a child to take physical violence as a norm and she would find it difficult to object or resist to it in any given situation. “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi.
The workbooks teach children to be assertive and to say no to a touch or a behaviour that makes them uncomfortable. Remember, there is a difference between being assertive and being disrespectful or rude.
A12. No. not at all! The workbooks use stories, plays, poems, letters, cartoons strips, activities, what if situations to empower children against the day-today situations that they face or may face or have faced pertaining to abuse / child rights / gender in-equality. It provides them with an opportunity to have a dialogue and express themselves with their peers, juniors, seniors, parents and teachers on sensitive issues in a way that is psychologically, morally and legally correct.
A13. Yes, you can (however, refer the answer to question Q2) but It will not be a true solution to the problem that has reached epidemic proportions. Remember, Institutions should not preserve the problems to which they are a solution. Moreover, SAF Social Axiom Foundation – the NGO has the copyrights for these workbooks. Students buy books for life skills/value education/general knowledge, etc. so we believe they will buy these workbooks also which are the need of the hour. If you still have limitations you can always photocopy these workbooks but do give credit to the project. And for workshops we will connect you with our partner and supportive organisations/ institutions/ NGO’s.
A14. In order to coordinate for the various workshops to be conducted in your school under the project.
The coordinator should be preferably School Counsellor or a teacher who is teaching Social Science / Physical Education / Biology-Science / English Literature / Life Skills / Value Education
A15. There is an elephant in the room. Our opinion poll clearly reflects that safety workbooks are the need of the hour. It is the mandate of the schools to bring behavioural changes among its stake holders in particular and society at large so that the society as a whole becomes happy, healthy and safe. Greek philosopher Plato wrote in The Republic that the “mark of an educated person is the willingness to use one’s knowledge and skills to solve the problems of society. Education must imbue children with a proactive social conscience. Society is the empowering context for individuals.” Moreover, the NCERT has prescribed Human Sexual Reproduction from class VIII onward. NCERT also talks about adolescence pregnancy, contraceptives and HIV. All this has not backfired. In fact India has been a success story among developing countries as far as prevention/ control of AIDS is concerned. Thanks to the awareness / education.
We strongly believe Child Sexual Abuse can also be prevented to a great extend through awareness/ education i.e. Life Skills. In Zimbabwe and Thailand the impetus for initiating life skills education was the prevention of HIV/AIDS. In Mexico, it was the prevention of adolescent pregnancy. In the United Kingdom, an important life skills initiative was set up to contribute to child abuse prevention, and in the USA there are numerous life skills programmes for the prevention of substance abuse and violence. In South 2 Africa and Colombia an important stimulus for life skills education has been the desire to create a curriculum for education for life, called “Life Orientation” education in South Africa and “Integral Education” in Colombia. There are many initiatives of this nature in which, in addition to primary prevention objectives, life skills education has been developed to promote the positive socialization of children.
Also read answer to question Link Q12 and CACA Safety Workbooks Prologue.
We suggest you rope in your English language, Biology, Social Science, Physical Education, Life Skills, Value Education Teachers and School Counsellor to implement the project.
A16. Suggested: two period per week for Kindergarten to 5 and,
One period per week for classes 6 onwards.
However, a school can choose periods in accordance with its own existing time table pertaining to life skills and moral science teaching. The workbooks are to be read aloud in the classroom.
A17. No. These safety workbooks are based on life skills and value education. They primarily teach students how to take right decisions under various situations that can otherwise take an ugly turn. The workbooks use stories, plays, poems, letters, cartoons, activities, open ended and closed ended questions etc. to teach children safety form abuse in particular and in general, gender equality and child rights. They teach children about how to be responsible and stay happy healthy and safe. Moreover, these workbooks are like safety drills that are to be practiced on regular basis. For example whether you fly for the first time or you are a hard core flyer (traveller), you are always told/ reminded of the safety rules of the airlines.
A18. At present these workbooks are available only in English language. We can discuss the feasibility of development/ modification of them as per your requirement. Remember, these workbooks hinge on the age appropriate reading and the comprehension ability of students in a school.
A19. Yes, you can involve your bookseller for purchase of these workbooks. At present these workbooks cannot be bought online..
A20. Yes. The issues of gender equality, child sexual abuse and child rights are not limited to any particular school system in India. They are relevant to any Indian School (Kindergarten to 12) that is affiliated to central, state or foreign board provided the students have age appropriate reading and comprehension ability in English language. Remember, Life Skills and value education are not any board specific subjects.
A20. Yes. You can download it from here http://projectcaca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Parents-circular-26th-sep-17.pdf
The circular is available in English, Hindi and other regional languages.
A22. Yes, you can, but you may have to take permission from your country’s Govt.
A23. Though we are an NGO and not for profit, we are not funded/ sponsored by any Govt. or Pvt. Body (Indian or Foreign). Project CACA (safety workbooks) is designed to be self-sustainable just like a school (private public school) which is also a self- sustainable project run by an NGO not for profit charitable trust/ society/ company.
A24. Yes, we are, for the following categories
1. Digitalization of project CACA
2. Conducting workshops
3. Conducting Surveys
5. Translation of project CACA in various Indian regional languages
6. Implementation of project CACA in Govt. and Budget Private Schools.
A25. Yes we can. In fact we keep doing these workshops for various teachers training institutes.