1001 Schools

About 1001 Schools Project

As part of 1001 Schools, in first phase of the project we intend to sensitize 1001 schools. The sensitization includes creating awareness amount Kids, teaching & non-teaching staff as well as School Authorities.

For children, the project covers providing information about what is abuse and how to protect your self from abuse. For school authorities, information is provided about POCSO Act, legal implications if the case is not reported as well as how to go about safeguarding every kid in the institution

Our Approach

We have partnered government schools of Pune/Solapur and Nagar Districts comprising of more than 10K schools. Our Part Time Volunteers undergo rigorous trainings to create awareness about STOP CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE. With due permissions of Education Department and School Authorities, we either conduct 1 to 2 session per in that school or we deploy more trainers to cover all the classes in a single day. Teachers & non-teaching staff are provided trainings on below topics like (All about Child Sexual Abuse), (How to report an incidence if it happens around you), (POCSO Act, 2012), (How to clarify questions of Parents/Kids in future).

We carry out follow-up meetings to certify if kids still remember the information provided

Our Reach

In 2016-17, we have covered 28 schools

 More than 15,000 Children Sensitized

Our Challenges

Below are some of our key challenges that we face while executing the project

–> We are not able to cover remote areas where we do not have physical presence. As we do not have any full time staff, we cannot deploy our volunteers for week-long training camps

–> Most of the private schools are not interested in the topic. To protect kids from Sexual Abuse is either not on the agenda or they think that this only happens in government run schools or in homes of marginalized community

–> Part time volunteers undergo rigorous trainings. However, since we do not pay our volunteers, they do not have any obligations and leave when they find better paying opportunities. The trainings then have to be repeated for more volunteers and by the end of the year, 90% of the volunteers leave the organization