Taking into account the increase in the number of physical assault against women and girls, the District Panchayat has decided to empower girls in high schools by training them in Taekwondo. The project will be implemented in government schools in a phased manner.
In the first phase of the project, the civic body has identified 12 government schools namely GHSS Mulamthuruthy, GMHSS Palakuzha, GHSS Elamkulam, GHSS Puthanthode, GHSS Cheruvathoor, GMHSS Chendamangalam, GHSS Muppathadam, GHSS Namakuzhi, GHSS Mamalassery, GHSS Cheruvathoor, GHSS Neriyamangalam and GHSS Kuttampuzha where the project will be started. The civic body is organising the project in association with Deputy Director of Education (DDE) and District Taekwondo Association. The programme will be officially inaugurated in the first week of May.
Around 40 girls in each school will be trained in Taekwondo under the project. The project will be extended to other government schools later and the number of students will be increased. The course is of 72-hour duration and students who complete the course successfully will be given a merit certificate.
Bindu George, vice-president, District Panchayat, said that though the government enacts laws and enforces strict monitoring system to prevent harassment against women and girls, violence and abuse against them are on the rise. Due to lack of confidence and fear, girls often fail to react or report incidents of physical harassment. We are giving them training in martial arts not only to boost their confidence but also to enhance their physical fitness, she said. “We are getting a good response and support after the proposal was presented in the last budget. We have granted an amount of ` 5 lakh for the project in our budget last year. More funds will be sanctioned for the same,” said Bindu George.
Funds have been handed over to DDE, the implementing agency. Schools and students will be selected under the direction of Deputy Director Of Education. Taekwondo district association will provide the required instructors to the schools.