Public representatives and development activists in Rajshahi observed that adequate support from the community, including the public representatives, was very effective in ensuring safe schooling for girls for their proper grooming.
They mentioned that ensuring safe schooling for girls could be a vital means to transform them into worthy citizens besides boosting women empowerment and leadership.
To achieve this goal, everyone concerned, including parents, teachers and members of school managing committee, should put in their best feet forward.
The concerted efforts would supplement the national work plan 2013-2025 for combating violence against women and children and achieving the sustainable development goals-2030, they added.
They were addressing two daylong training sessions on Facilitators-Refresher Trainings on Safe School for Girls at Mohanpur Upazila Parishad hall room and Charghat FA Model School in Rajshahi on Thursday.
The Hunger Project Bangladesh organised the training sessions in association with Her Choice Programme and Safe School for Girls Campaign.
Around 48 community facilitators and 24 school teachers from different unions took part in the training programmes.
THPB training officer Tanuja Kamal, area coordinator Subrata Kumar Paul and upazila coordinators Ashraful Islam Sarker, Jewel Rana and Joynal Abedeen conducted the training sessions as resource personnel.
Upazila chairman Abdus Samad, UP chairmen Hasanuzzaman Madhu, Alamin Biswas, Emajuddin Khan and Al Momin Shah addressed the programmes as guests of honour.
Tanuja Kamal viewed ensuring safe schooling for the girls through combating all sorts of violence especially sexual harassment against them was very vital for boosting skilled human resources coupled with women empowerment. Sexual harassment restricts girls’ rights to education, rights to mobility and rights to freedom. So, the social crime must be uprooted through forging a social movement.
A gender-sensitive social mindset can help establishing rights of the adolescents through reducing violence and repression against them.
‘We need to establish social networks and alliances involving government and non-government organisations, community people, civil society and media to reach the cherished goal,’ she added.