Samatol Foundation has started Awareness campaigns about Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 (J J Act 2015) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012 (POCSO Act 2012) These sessions are conducted by trained Volunteers in various schools in rural and city areas, mainly in about 70 Municipal and Zilha Parishad Schools from 25/01/2019 and around 5700 students of Thane District have been benefited during this campaign. In the year 2020 also around 6.000 students have been benefited by these awareness sessions. They are also taught about protecting their rights and how to protect themselves. These sessions are conducted at all the places where children are involved e,g, schools, colleges, hospitals, co-operative societies. We also take seminars with officers in Balgruh, Child officers in police stations, NGOs working for children.
Samatol is also into awareness campaigns about Acts like Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986, The Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 and many other laws relating to children in our society.
Samatol gets accolades from many schools, their teachers and principals to run such campaign in their schools. This also helped them to converse with the students in more effective manner.
This education is really helpful for the children and is an absolute necessity in today’s world. It increases self confidence in children. Samatol is arranging those campaigns with well qualified staff, who are well versed with the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 and POCSO Act, 2012. All the campaigns are backed with slide show to enable children understand their rights in a better way. Because of this campaign, many students, both girls and boys started opening up about the problems quite freely. That’s why we call this campaign as “CHALA GA ATA BOLUYA”. (Let’s Speak It Out).
This campaign has considerably reduced the problems like child marriages, child labour and school dropouts, which is still a concerning factor in our country.