Adolescence is complex and more than just a transition process. However, it has been described, in a limiting fashion, as a phase of human development or a transition between childhood and adulthood that is marked by the biological changes of puberty related to physical maturity.
We have all witnessed that most parents do not discuss responsible sexual expression with their adolescents. They do not give rational reasons for sexuality; instead, enforce ‘discipline’ in the name of tradition. This fosters rebellious attitude in the adolescent and most of them get into trouble because no one had discussed romance, infatuation, clothing and sexuality in a reasonable and respectful manner.
With this thought in mind, North East Network, in collaboration with the District Police, West Jaintia Hills organized a ‘Life Skills and Personal education programme’ for students focusing on topics like Sexuality, Body image and positivity, healthy relationships, bullying, personal safety, cybercrime and internet safety. It aimed to enable students to demonstrate positive body image and self-esteem make informed decisions about their life and also teaching them the importance of interpersonal communication at this stage of life through games and activities. This programme acted as a platform for these students to discuss openly, issues that the society has maintained silence on for long and attempted to help them clarify myths and beliefs pertaining to the aforementioned topics. A total of 148 participants (Students and faculty from 12 Schools) gathered here.