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“AWAKENING,” a two day residential training for adolescents

by Huirem Naresh
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Imphal, Dec. 26

FXB India Suraksha as part of its project Mukti-an Anti Trafficking project to address issues of human trafficking and child sexual abuse, organized a two day residential training programme titled, “Awakening” for the Adolescents from different schools across Imphal East and Imphal West on issues related to Child protection and safety  at Youth Hostel, Khuman Lampak, Imphal on 23rd and 24th December, 2019.
The main objective of the programme was to make children aware of their rights and the mechanisms available to ensure their safety and security and how they can be change agents in ensuring the same. 63 adolescent students were part of the two day residential trainining programme.
The programme was conducted as part of project Mukti-an Anti Trafficking initiative to combat human trafficking and child sexual abuse in Manipur implemented with the support of ECPAT Luxembourg since 2015 in Imphal and Ukhrul. In the last 4 years project Mukti did not limit itself to concentrate within its proposed project areas but spread out to different other districts to propagate its mission to combat human trafficking and reduce instances of child sexual abuse from. Through the project more than 10,000 school students were made aware, above 15,000 adolescent boys and girls trained and above 30 adolescent clubs were formed.
M.. Premchandra Singh, ZEO, Zone II inaugurated the two day training programme. He appreciating the effort said, “This residential training is first of its kind and is of high value. We hope that the students get exposure to learn about issues which they may not have discussed earlier. Child protection issues are of high concern and it is very necessary to start a dialogue amongst children in order to prevent abuse and exploitation.”
The two day training  programme was facilitated by Mr. Sunil Meitei, Project Officer, Imphal, FXB India Suraksha, Wungreiso A Sangh, Project Officer, Ukhrul, FXB India Suraksha and Grace Jajo.
During the programme the participants were trained on the basics of Child protection and safety where they were told about the roles and responsibilities that families, communities, institutions and as a nation has in order to create a safe space for children to lead their life in dignity. The participants were informed about the different forms of abuse, how to identify whether there is an abuse or not, the preventive measures and redressal mechanisms available.
The children were also given sessions on life skills and how they can be ambassadors to prevent violence and exploitation towards children. Children were given group work too to showcase their thoughts on how to bring change as child ambassadors and the initiatives they wanted to take up in their respective schools on trafficking in persons and child sexual abuse. The two day training programme also witnessed recreational activities such as games, dancing, playing and storytelling.
Awakening is a unique initiative that seeks to empower adolescent girls against human trafficking and sexual abuse. This residential training programme aims to bring together adolescents children in the age group of 10-18 years from different schools of Manipur, who would be trained as Peer Leaders. These participants would in turn lead the movement against human trafficking by educating their friends and classmates. The primary objective of the initiative is to bring about change in attitudes and knowledge on gender related issues and thereby empowering the adolescents to combat trafficking.

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