Consensus Building Discussions is an ongoing process. 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.
A1. One workbook for Kindergarten – UKG; One workbook each for classes 1 to 8; One common workbook for classes 9 & 10; One common workbook for classes 11 & 12 . Total 11 workbooks in all. Each workbook has a complimentary parent teacher resource booklet. Each workbook is priced at Rs 180/- except the workbook for kindergarten. The kindergarten workbook is priced at Rs 120/-.CACA Safety Workbooks
A2. These books 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 qualified 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 which in other words mean implementing the 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 resource booklet and the one time workshops for them and non-teaching staff provided by project CACA orient, align, educate and sensitise them on the issue of child safety, child rights and gender equality. The workbooks can easily build on the 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 Hazmi
A6. Our partner organisations/ NGO’s/ Institutions provide us resource persons form various types of sensitization cum awareness workshops. These workshops cover topics related to child rights, child abuse, gender equality and various laws related to children like POCSO act and JJA. Our resource persons are psychologists, lawyers, child rights activists and academicians. We also take regular support from district legal service authorities, district child welfare committees, state commissions for protection of child rights to conduct workshops and at times workshops are conducted by judges.
A7. Yes you can! However, 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 to pilot programme. They have been developed under the committee chaired by Sh. Puran Chand, 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, Fr. Publication Head, NCERT and presently 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. 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. Teacher’s Guidelines for CACA Workbooks.
A10. Yes! We call it Mapping
A11. The prime role of parents/ teachers/ principals is to initiate a process of dialogues on the sensitive issue of child abuse among themselves by keeping the child at the center of this dialogue and follow the parent teacher resource booklet. These 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.
A12. No. not at all! The workbooks use stories, poems, cartoons, activities, etc. to teach children about their safety and rights.
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, SAI Social Axiom Insignia – the NGO has the copyrights for these workbooks. Your students buy books for life skills/value education/general knowledge, etc then why cannot they buy these workbooks which are the need of the hour.
A14. In order to coordinate for the various workshops to be implemented in your school under the project.
A15. We believe that these 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. 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 onwards, and it has not backfired. Also read answer to question Q12 and Prologue. We suggest you rope in your English language, Biology, Social Science, Physical Education Teacher and School Counsellor to implement the project..
A16. Suggested: two period per week for Kindergarten to 5 and,
Two periods fortnightly for classes 6-12.
However, a school can choose periods in accordance with its own teaching environment pertaining to life skills and moral science. The workbooks are to be read aloud in the classroom. Remember! These safety workbooks hinge on the age appropriate reading and comprehension ability of students.
A17. No. These safety workbooks are based on life skill. 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, cartoons, activities, etc. to teach children safety, gender equality and child rights. 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/ aero planes.
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. Currently, the Parent Teacher Resource Booklet is being translated in Hindi and various regional languages..
A19. Yes, you can involve your bookseller for purchase of these workbooks. At present these workbooks cannot be bought online..
A20. Yes. It is 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.
A20. Yes. You can download it from here http://projectcaca.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Parents-circular-26th-sep-17.pdf
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 by any Govt. or Pvt. Body (Indian or Foreign). Project CACA (safety workbooks) is designed to be self-sustainable just like your school (private public school) which is also a self- sustainable project run by a 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.