Adopting New Ways: Education Ministry  teams with UNESCO to Launch Comic Book to Create Awareness About Social Taboos

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Recently, UNESCO Delhi launched the comic book “Let’s Move Forward” in an effort to dispel misconceptions and raise awareness among students about a number of taboo subjects. The book, which was released in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Education and NCERT, covers subjects like how females can play cricket and boys can help their mothers in the kitchen. According to the reports, it also discusses transgender people and how they should be treated with the same respect in society.

The 32-page comic book covers eleven themes which include good health, emotional well-being, and mental health, interpersonal relationships and values, gender equality, health and sanitation, prevention and management of substance abuse, reproductive health and HIV prevention, menstrual hygiene, safety and security against sexual violence, internet safety, and responsible social media behaviour.

Available right now on the Ministry of Education’s official website, the comic book also teaches kids to avoid falling for deceptive ads for bodybuilding supplements and cosmetic products.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development declares that high-quality education, health and wellbeing, gender equality, and human rights are “intrinsically intertwined.” Eric Falt, director of UNESCO and its ambassador to India, Bhutan, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka, declared as much. Additionally, he stated, “In collaboration with UN agencies and other partners, NCERT took the lead in establishing the curriculum and resource materials on the health and well-being of adolescents for the School Health Programme. This comic book, which seeks to increase adolescents’ knowledge and awareness, captures the spirit of joyful learning.

Dharmendra Pradhan, the union minister of education, stated to the news daily that “national development is predicated on good health.” Teenagers’ health and wellbeing are therefore the primary focus of nation-building initiatives. Schools are the perfect place for health promotion and health education programs because education and health are closely related. The curriculum and pedagogy of schools must take these into consideration.

The comic book also contains some insightful management and school administrators teachings. It mandates that schools provide facilities for kids with impairments, including ramps that are wheelchair-accessible. “It’s critical to have empathy for those around us. By being aware of their needs and fostering an inclusive environment, we can help children with disabilities tremendously,” the comic book stated.

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