A1. These safety workbooks:
a. Can be integrated with the existing ecosystem of schools under life skill and moral science (value Education) teaching as prescribed by various boards/ WHO like CBSE, CISCE and councils for education research and training like NCERT
and thus can bring institutional (School) driven behaviour changes required in the society.
b. Can build on the existing age appropriate reading and comprehensive ability of students.
c. Is a preventive mechanism and can be implemented in a student’s familiar peer to peer and trusted environment.
d. Are child-friendly and in Local Ethos.
e. Workbook method is more effective and easy to scale up in comparison to other methods like conducting workshops and is a more consistent approach.
f. Schools should not preserve the problems to which they are a solution.
g. Well! The importance of books is reflected in the poem by Late Safdar Hazmi. “Kitabein karti Hain Batein, Beete Jamon Ki, Duniya Ki, Insano Ki…
MATRIX – Deliverables/ Recommendations
- One book for Kindergarten i.e. UKG
- One book each for Classes 1 to 8
- One common book for classes 9 -10
- One common book for classes 11 -12
- There are 11 different books in all.
- Each book is accompanied by a common Parent-Teacher Resource Booklet
Refer CACA Safety Workbook Series
a. Our partner Council to Secure Justice (CSJ) http://www.csjindia.org/is a Delhi-based law and advocacy NGO that aspires for every woman and child, especially those from economically weak section of the society that comes forward about sexual violence, to have an advocate who pursues justice on their behalf and has access to compassionate and effective justice systems.
b. Our partnerProject Umbrella – Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Kanpur has designed a teaching aid (train the teacher) on child sexual abuse. https://goo.gl/UrQj4m
c. Our partner Endzone http://endzone.co.in/ a fitness consultancy firm that specialises in self-defence workshops/training for minors and adults, especially girls.
d. Besides, we collaborate and take support on regular basis with various govt. organizations and NGOs like
* District Legal Services Authorities http://nalsa.gov.in/ ; Child Welfare
* Committees http://www.childlineindia.org.in/child-welfare-committee.htm ;
* District Child Protection Units – DCPU;
* State Commission for protection of child rights http://ncpcr.gov.in/ ;
* I-Probono https://www.i-probono.com/ ;
* Fortis Health Care http://www.fortishealthcare.com/
for conducting sensitization and awareness workshops on POCSO Act and CSA for schools.
A7. Not all books like transactional books on moral science being taught in schools can be evaluated through examinations. The purpose of these safety workbooks is to bring the behavior changes required in the stakeholders i.e. students, parents, teachers and non teaching staff in particular and society at large for prevention of CSA. The outcome of these workbooks is not based on the existing school system of Authority, Accountability and Competition BUT Trust, Responsibility and Collaboration among all the stakeholders. Besides, the learning outcome of these books for students can always be evaluated like any other life skill book.
- Exhibition of “KOMAL” a video on CSA for Students.
- Reading of all the CACA safety workbooks by all the school teachers ireespective of the subjects being taught by them.
- Formation of a school complaints committee.
- Exhibition of online NCPCR’s POCSO E-box complaint mechanism to students.
- Mention of Web link of “Komal” and POCSO E-box and Child Helpline 1098 on the school’s website and Student Diary.
- Teachers; Non Teaching Staff; Parents sensitization/ awareness on CSA and POCSO act.
- Create age-appropriate awareness among students from class 8 onwards with the help of biology teacher on various topics covered by NCERT on
- human sexual reproduction.
A9. These books are not author driven. They are a result of collective efforts of experienced school counsellors, academicians, child psychiatrists, lawyers and representatives from various subject-related NGOs, and govt. organisations. The books and the entire project have followed a democratic chain of events from opinion poll to pilot programme. They have been developed under the chairmanship of 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.
Other key advisors for these workbooks are Professor Dinesh Kumar, Fr. Publication Head, NCERT and presently HOD, Science Department and Dr. Amit Sen (Senior Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Children First, Safdarjung) Refer Advisors and Committee. Moreover, these books are judiciously mapped with various other related content that are available for students, teachers and parents. Refer Resources
The safety books build on the existing age appropriate reading and comprehensive ability of students. The language of these books is English.We understand that the age appropriate reading and comprehensive 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. Refer Crossable Image like Matrix
A12. The IIT, Kanpur Toolkit is a user-friendly, ready-to-use child-centric toolkit-cum-teaching aid to assist teachers and parents in educating the children on child sexual abuse. It solves the herculean task of TRAIN THE TEACHER on the issue of child abuse in an effective way. The toolkit has been developed using the latest research methodologies and techniques available. It has been designed to be playful, educative and interactive, and helps the teacher tackle the embarrassment and hesitation that may come with talking about such a taboo topic. The kit has manuals, and reading and video material for the teacher to read, understand and train them to conduct the workshop. The content has been approved by subject experts and psychologists. The workshop kit is self-sufficient and can be used by anyone with basic spoken language skills, the affinity to teach children, and an interest in educating them about safeguarding themselves. The toolkit is designed for students from 8 to 12 years of age.
A13. The prime role of parents/ teachers/ principals is to initiate a process of dialogues on this sensitive issue. “Be the change you want to see in the world” – Mahatma Gandhi. These books do not teach any disrespect to anyone but yes they do promote imperatively the behaviour changes required from all stakeholders – students, parents, teachers and non teaching staff for prevention of CSA.
A14. No, not at all! The workbooks use stories, poems, cartoons, Quizzes, etc. to teach children about their safety in general and from CSA to be specific. The workbooks use stories, poems, cartoons, etc. to teach children about safety.
A15. Yes you can. However, that 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 solution. Moreover, SAI Social Axiom Insignia – the NGO has the copy rights for these books. We would appreciate if you take our permission before you photocopy. Also see the Answer to Question 01
A16. School Counsellor/ Psychology Teacher/ Social Science – Civics – Political Science Teacher/ Biology Teacher / Head Mistress/ English Teacher/ Physical Education Teacher.
Can educating children on such a sensitive issue backfire?
What if, after reading these workbooks, children ask their
teachers/parents embarrassing questions?
A student learns how to use a compass to draw circles from his
teacher, but then the same compass can be used as a weapon by
the students. Should we teach the use of a compass to
A17. These safety workbooks are the need of the hour and the outcome of these workbooks is not based on the existing school system of Authority, Accountability and Competition BUT Trust, Responsibility Collaboration among all the stakeholders i.e. students, parents, teachers and non teaching staff. It is the mandate of the schools to bring behavioural changes in the society for the benefit of the society as a whole. 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. http://www.ncert.nic.in/departments/nie/depfe/Final.pdf Moreover, the NCERT has prescribed Human Sexual Reproduction in class VIII, and it has not backfired.
Q18. How many periods (hours) per class are to be allotted for these workbooks in the academic year?
A18. Suggested: One period per week for Kindergarten to 5 and One period
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 books are to be read aloud in the classroom. Remember! These safety workbooks hinge on the age appropriate reading and comprehension ability of your students.
A19. No! These are skill building and awareness safety books. They teach students to take right decisions under various situations that can otherwise take an ugly turn. The workbooks use stories, plays, poems, cartoons, Quizzes, etc. to teach children safety.
. Are these books available in Indian
Regional Languages also?
Can you develop/ modify these books as per our requirement?
Can we involve our existing booksellers
Not at this point. However, we can discuss its feasibility. Call 09811275851 Vikas Nautiyal for the same. Remember, these books hinge on the age appropriate reading and comprehension ability of students in a school.
for purchase of these books in our school?
Are these books available online for purchase?
A21. Yes, you can involve your bookseller for purchase of these books. At present these books cannot be bought online but we are working on it.
A22. 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.
A23. Yes. The circular is available in English, Hindi, Telugu and Gurmukhi languages and can also be translated in a language of your choice.
A24. Yes, you can, but you may have to take permission from your country’s govt. To discuss the feasibility call Vikas Nautiyal – 09811275851.
A25. 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 a self-sustainable just like your school (private public school) which is also a self- sustainable project run by a not for profit public charitable trust/ society/ company.
A26. Yes, we are, for the following categories.
a. Digitalization of project CACA
b. Events like workshops for stakeholders on CSA, Consensus Building, etc
c. Conducting Surveys
e. Translation of project CACA in various Indian regional languages
f. Implementation of project CACA in Govt. and Budget Private Schools.
A27. Yes we can. In fact we keep doing these workshops for various teachers training institutes.