The self-defence training has been given to girls of Class 9 and 10 studying in 5,711 government and government aided high and higher secondary schools, from this academic year, as an initiative towards women empowerment. Accordingly, about 4.10 lakh students are given self-defence training such as Karate, Judo, and Taekwondo twice a week and for which the government will be spending Rs 5.13 crore.
The district education authorities have also appointed female coaches to train the girls under the supervision of school teachers. A senior official from the School Education Department told DT Next that it was noticed that many girls are malnourished and they need more strength for self-defence training.
“Therefore, it has been decided to provide a decent nutritious snacks to all the girls so that they would be physically strong”, he said, adding dates and peanuts candies would be provided to the students. “We have chosen to provide dates since it is very nutritious and contains high fibre besides promoting brain health. In addition, peanuts are rich in energy and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for optimum health.
The amino acids present in peanuts are good for proper growth and development of body”, the official sad. Stating that biscuits, that have rich calories, will also be given to the students on alternate days, he said that minimum 250 calories will be ensured by the nutritious snacks. The official said that after seeing the health benefits, the scheme of providing nutritious snacks will also be extended to the girls studying from Class 7 and 8, who will also be given self-defence training shortly. “The government is also mulling to give healthy fruits to the students in the future,” he added.