Name of the activity: PROJECT TARA
Country/NMO: MSAI India
Program: Ethics and Human Rights in Health
Contact information: contact [email protected] to get in touch with the Activity Coordinator
Type of the activity: First-time Activity
Focus area: Peace, peacebuilding and health
Sustainable Development Goals addressed: SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities), SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institution)
Child abuse is physical, sexual or psychological maltreatment or of a child, especially by a parent or a caregiver.It’s any act or failure to act that results in potential harm to a child and can occur in a child’s home/organization/ schools/communities.There is significant evidence that violence, exploitation and abuse can affect the child’s physical and mental health, impairing their ability to learn and socialize, impacting their transition to adulthood with adverse consequences in life.
Abuse and violence against children knows no boundaries of culture,class,education,income or ethnic origin. Violence against children often remains hidden and socially condoned. It occurs in institutions designed for their care and protection, in schools, online, and within the home. Most girls and boys who are exposed to violence do not know where to turn for help, especially when the perpetrator is someone close and on whom they depend for their protection and well-being.
-To sensitize at least 250 school-going children in schools across India about child abuse and different forms of child abuse with a 1 to 2-hour interactive session through a presentation, small group discussion and role-play, over a time frame of 5 months.
-To sensitize at least 250 school going children from each school about how to recognize different forms of child abuse with a 1 to 2-hour interactive session through a presentation, small group discussion and role-play, over a time frame of 5 months.
-To educate at least 250 school going children from each school on how and whom to communicate with in case abuse happens to them or someone else with a 1 to 2-hour interactive session through a presentation, small group discussion, and role-play over a time frame of 5 months.
-To sensitise the school teachers regarding basic signs for recognising child abuse and what chain of communication to follow for reporting and helping the affected children.
Indicators of Success:
Number of participants: At least 250
Organizer and Volunteer Satisfaction: at least 8/10
Participant Satisfaction: at least 7/10
Atleast 70% of the participants participate actively in group discussion
-Atleast 60% participants know about child abuse and different forms of child abuse.
-At least 60% participants know how to recognize different forms of child abuse.
-At least 60% participants know how and whom to communicate with in case abuse happens to them or someone else.
-At least 60% participants know regarding basic signs for recognising child abuse and what chain of communication to follow for reporting and helping the affected children.
Volunteers are collected and given a toolkit with the goals and methodology of the activity & will approach schools and request permission to conduct the event at the school.
The minimum volunteer to student ratio of minimum 1:3 and maximum 1:6 must be followed.
A pre-event questionnaire will be filled by the participants, assisted by the volunteers.
The event starts with a brief explanation about the various aspects of child abuse such as- what is child abuse, types of child abuse, how to identify abuse, where to seek help etc, with the help of the presentation and videos provided in the toolkit. Then, the students will be divided into small groups and the volunteers will facilitate an in-depth discussion about child abuse. An activity would be conducted wherein the children would be presented with specific scenarios and trained how to deal with those particular situations.
A post-event questionnaire is filled by each participant with the help of a volunteer at the end of the event.
Plans for evaluation:
Gantt Chart will be used for monitoring.
Quantitative evaluation: Pre and post event questionnaire responses will be compared and evaluated.
Qualitative evaluation: Feedback for the event to be filled by organizers in the post event report and will be used to assess the quality of interaction and volunteer satisfaction under the following questions (Each question was assessed from a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being minimum and 10 being maximum)
- Effects of the event
- Satisfaction by the efforts put by the event organizers and volunteers
- Volunteer satisfaction with the impact generated by the event
- Volunteer satisfaction with the content, methodology and idea of the activity
- Volunteer satisfaction with the involvement of the national team
The data obtained from the pre and post event questionnaires and the feedback for quality of interaction from post event report form will be compared with the success indicators set for the activity.
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