When over 600 teachers from across Delhi and NCR walked in for the annual Hindustan Times-PACE (Partnerships for Action in Education) meet on Monday, their minds reflected a welter of issues ranging from safety of women and gender equality to police insensitivity in handling such issues.
The focus of the meet was a lively interaction between the members of Delhi’s Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWC) and the educators.
Suman Nalwa, additional DCP, SS Malhan, inspector from the special unit, Rohit Sharma, executive director, Way to Happiness Foundation, India, and Ankur Sharma, senior instructor, Invictus Survival Sciences, a firm that specializes in safety issues, turned the spotlight on a wide range of issues that gave the teachers valuable insights.
Dwelling on the importance of creating a conducive environment, DCP Nalwa exhorted the delegates to stop being merely passive spectators. “When we say society, it doesn’t have any face. Be that face and be the change you are looking for. You need to know how to access justice,” he said.
Echoing the words of Nora Ephron, an American journalist and film director, she asserted that women must come out and voice their concerns.
Inspector Malhan informed the gathering about a free ten-day special training session in self-defence that the SPUWC organises for institutions.
Nisha Dass, from Queen Mary’s School, Tis Hazari, said, “This session was an eye-opener. I have always been negative about the Delhi Police. But after listening to additional DCP Nalwa, I want to trust them and give them a chance.”
Rohit Sharma of the Way to Happiness Foundation during his session addressed widespread concerns among teachers about the decay in moral values and ethics among children and how it can be tackled.
This was followed by a demonstration of self-defence techniques by Ankur Sharma from Invictus.
The serious interactions soon culminated in a lucky draw contest for teachers. The prizes were sponsored by Amway India Private Limited and Kiran Nadar Musuem of Art.
Annapoorna Sehgal, head, education, HT-PACE, thanked all the teachers present for their support.