OUR SMALL STEP AGAINST CHILD ABUSE
Child abuse is when someone known or unknown, causes injury, death, emotional harm or serious harm to a child. There are many forms of child maltreatment, including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, exploitation and emotional abuse. There was a workshop organized by ‘ARISE’ in its programme ENDEAVOUR at DPS North Kolkata against child abuse for classes II to IV as we felt children of this age are more vulnerable. They were shown a documentary and later an interactive session was held. Knowledge about good touches and bad touches were given and also that there was no specific way to recognize an abusive person. Though the session started quite casually by showing a cartoon but later on children seemed to come out with problems they had already faced. The counselor and organizer of the programme could help them out in a very innovative and mature way.
We are little ones let us dance-
We are the future let us bloom,
We are innocent let us be so-
We do no harm so care for us too.
We are like butterflies who love to fly
Do not touch or feel us, we shall cry.
We believe in you, we love you much,
But we do not like that ugly touch.
We are the fairies and the angels on earth,
Let us live so that you know our worth.
Save us, nurture us, train us
Love us, lead us, and guide us.