Wellness and Child Safety
Ramana Vidyalaya places utmost importance in ensuring that all our children learn in a safe and joyful environment that promotes social and creative learning. We have been working on building structures to raise awareness about wellness and child safety amongst all our stakeholders. We believe that an ecosystem of wellness and child safety can only be achieved when students, caregivers & educators proactively work towards it.
Empowering children with knowledge of their rights and responsibilities guides them to making healthy, informed choices, not just while in school, but throughout their lives. Children who are confident, assertive and have good support networks are less likely to be at risk of abuse or find themselves in dangerous situations.
Personal Safety Education (PSE)
PSE sessions are conducted for all students from KG-12 by trained facilitators. The core messages of these sessions are constructed around age appropriate topics ranging from personal body safety, self-esteem, puberty & adolescence, bullying & peer pressure, abuse prevention, inclusive society and gender equality.
2. Digital Citizenship
With the constant evolution in the use of technology in education and communication, our responsibility as educators now extends beyond the classroom to a digital world. At Ramana Vidyalaya, students of grade 6-12 are educated on online safety, cyberbullying, social media etiquette, privacy, internet banking safety, and the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior on the internet.
3. Emotional & Mental well-being
The school strives to support the emotional and social development of students. As a step towards this, periodic mental health surveys are conducted to gauge the specific needs of students. These are identified by a trained counselor to design targeted support plans for individual students. To help students manage the stress of peer pressure, adolescence, time management and examinations, regular group wellness management sessions are conducted.
We aim to work in partnership with the parents/primary caregivers to ensure children’s safety and proper upbringing. Parents when equipped with the awareness of child development across stages, how to deal with them and identifying risks and effects of abuse, create conducive environments for children to thrive and grow.
Ramana Vidyalaya has created guiding manuals for Child Safety and Cyber Safety that outline the important indicators and effects of abuse, both in person and in the digital world and provides recommendations on dealing with these issues. You can click on the links below to download these manuals.
2. Periodic sessions in school
We organise spaces to have dialogues with parents to talk about child safety, adolescence, and the role of parents and primary care-takers in navigating through their child’s developmental stages.
At RV, we encourage staff to understand the effects of child abuse, and support them in becoming leaders who model safe, appropriate and positive interactions with children at all times that advocate the safety of all children. As stakeholders of students who spend 7-8 hours a day with them, teachers share a common responsibility and commitment to the awareness, prevention and reporting of and responding to child abuse in the course of their work.
Child Protection Policy
A comprehensive policy that defines the behaviours and actions that constitute child abuse. It lays out the staff code of conduct with a focus on a zero tolerance of child abuse and neglect, and describes the steps that the school takes to meet its commitment to child safety. This policy applies to all staff, including management, teaching, administrative, support staff, contract staff, volunteers, interns and or anyone acting on behalf of Ramana Vidyalaya.
Staff go through periodic workshops that train them on the child safety policies of the school and provide an understanding of their roles in child safety. They are also equipped with behavior management strategies that can be implemented in the classroom.
3. Mental well-being
Mental health surveys are conducted to gauge the specific needs of staff and required support is provided by facilitating one-on-one counselling sessions with a trained wellness counselor.