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Aamir’s movie to guide teachers

How about learning a thing or two about child sensitivities from Taare Zameen Par?The Women and Child Development Ministry is doing that by screening the film for teachers and principals during a workshop in Delhi, reports Chetan Chauhan.

india Updated: Jan 18, 2008 12:25 IST
Chetan Chauhan

The Women and Child Development Ministry will hold a novel training workshop for school principals and teachers through the screening of Aamir Khan’s Taare Zameen Par so that they could learn a thing or two about child sensitivities.

The movie would be part of a larger goal of WCD ministry to educate teachers about child rights and how every child is different from others in their peer group when it comes to learning ability.

“The movie is an eye opener for many parents. It tells us about the problems children face, and how to deal with it. Each school principal should compulsorily watch the movie,” WCD Minister Renuka Chowdhury told Hindustan Times on Thursday.

The ministry is talking to PVR cinemas and Khan to stage a special show of the movie at Mavlankar Hall for about 250 school principals, state education department officials and representatives of NGOs during a conference in Delhi next week.

Chowdhury said the conference is the government’s first attempt to sensitize educators about children and their feelings.

“Calling a child naughty may hurt the kid. We would like to tell them not to use such harsh words and ask administrators to take strict action against teachers and schools for any form of corporal punishment,” she added.

The workshop is part of a government campaign to spread awareness among teachers about the rising incidents of crime against children, including corporal punishment, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, says a letter by Loveleen Kacker, joint secretary of WCD ministry, to state governments.

“The aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for school children,” Kacker said.

Such a conference would do people a lot of good, the ministry thinks, and help curb incidents like a child stabbing a classmate in Delhi, the death of a student after he was made to run for coming late to school or a teacher sexually abusing a minor in Uttar Pradesh.