National Girl Child Day is celebrated in India on January 24 every year. Initiated in 2008, the key idea was to spread awareness about countless inequities faced by young girl children in the country.
While the sex ratio of girl children has increased to 1.2 according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India still has a long way to go to ensure the accessibility of resources. From providing safe and hygienic environments for girls, to helping them come out of social taboos, many steps are still in progress to ensure equitable growth for boys and girls. Additionally, it is also crucial to empower these young girls to stand up for themselves socially and physically.
As a run-up to National Girl Child Day, BYJUites conducted a self-defence workshop for the children of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, Bangalore. With the support of professional coaches and trainers, they trained these young girls with techniques to help them protect themselves in times of crisis.
Yukthi (name changed), one of the students who participated in the session, said, “The volunteers from BYJU’S have taught us how important it is to take safety measures in today’s world. They’ve taught us useful techniques for defending ourselves in grave situations. We really hope that we can take part in such similar activities again and learn more.”
“This workshop aimed to teach them how to stand up for themselves and protect themselves in case of an emergency. I am glad that we were able to organise such an event for the adolescent girls and hope that it will help them gain confidence,” shared Rama Prashanth, EDM B2B Manager.
“Steps like these are important in a society where women often face discrimination and harassment. We hope that by empowering these girls through these events, they will be able to upgrade their life skills,” said Rajat Raj, Program Manager, Marketing Strategy.
“It was an honour to be a part of the self-defence workshop for children organised by BYJU’S, and even more, to be recognised by them without much introduction since all the children were aware of the importance of self-defence. They welcomed the workshop with great enthusiasm and energy, which lasted for the entire session,” Pavithra P., Academic Specialist, shared.
Rehman Shariff, a coach at ‘Core Power Kung Fu Academy’ and ‘Body Force Fight Club’, has been teaching martial arts for over 15 years, especially women’s self-defence. The certified Kung Fu Black Belt instructor was also a part of the workshop and shared his experience of training these girls.
“Many girl children are unsafe, but what’s worse is that they lack the confidence to protect themselves. Girls must learn martial arts and fitness to ensure their own safety. I wish to train many more children and make them brave enough to change the world without fear throughout my career,” he remarked.
Another MMA athlete and Coach, Shaikh Kulsoom, shared, “When we learn the art of self-defence, we are learning not just to protect ourselves, but also to be confident in saying ‘no’ or to retaliate back when the situation arises. Self-defence shouldn’t be treated as a ‘choice’ but more like a life skill. I hope that through the session, we truly learned this art together.”
Initiated along similar lines, BYJU’S also introduced the LeadHERs campaign to uplift girl children with education. BYJUites nominated many children in their area to help them towards a brighter future.
In today’s world, it is essential to ensure children’s safety and equip them to take care of themselves. BYJU’S Education for All truly hopes to empower children with our initiatives and help them build their futures.
BYJU’S Education for All is on a mission to empower 10 million children by 2025 with education. Through the BYJU’S Give programme, you can contribute to this movement and help children with quality digital learning. You can donate an old device, which we will refurbish, and then use the money raised to buy a new device. In case you do not have a device, you can also donate to an NGO partner, who will use the funds to buy devices for children.
In both cases, we will load our BYJU’S Think & Learn premium content onto these devices and distribute them to children in need.
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