Gangtok, October 13 (IPR): ‘The Birds and Bees Talk’, a unique life skills programme for adolescent children under the Reckitt Benckiser’s flagship Dettol ‘Banega Swasth India’ in partnership with Primus partners was launched at Samman Bhawan in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Prem Singh Tamang today.
The launching programme was attended by Hon’ble Minister for Education Department Shri Kunga Nima Lepcha, Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare Department Dr. M. K. Sharma, Chief Secretary (CS) Shri. S.C. Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS) Education Department Shri. G.P. Upadhayay, Secretary to HCM Shri. S.D. Dhakal, Secretary Education Department Shri. Anil Raj Rai, Secretary of Social Welfare Department Shri. Tsewang Gyachho, Directors, Joint Directors of Education Department, heads of Educational Institutions, Shri. Ravi Bhatnagar, Director External Affairs and Partnerships, Reckitt Benckiser, Asia Middle East and Africa (AMESA) and team, and senior officials.
During the programme, a Letter of Intent (LoI) was also signed between the ACS Education Department Shri G.P. Upadhayay and Shri Ravi Bhatnagar, Director External Affairs and Partnerships, Reckitt Benckiser, (AMESA).
The Hon’ble Chief Minister expressed his happiness on being associated with the flagship program ‘Dettol Banega Swasth India’ and added that the programme is one of its kind life skills training module for adolescent children. The programme will immensely benefit children which will increase knowledge and awareness about healthy life skill practices, he added. The Chief Minister also directed the Heads of the Educational Institutions to sensitize the students on holistic curriculum and also on the COVID-19 pandemic. He added that one of the top most priorities of the State Government in Education and is the only way where empowerment of children can be achieved. The Chief Minister hoped that the programme will go a long way in developing key skills in the students.
The Hon’ble Minister Education Department Shri. Kunga Nima Lepcha informed that the ‘Birds and Bees Talk’ is a unique and comprehensive programme for supporting and guiding the school going children and will run for three years in the State.
The ACS Education Department Shri. G.P. Upadhayay in his address said that the programme will be implemented in all schools across Sikkim to ensure maximum reach. It is a holistic kind of intervention where young minds will be guided through a unique and effective curriculum.
In his opening note, Shri Ravi Bhatnagar highlighted Reckitt Benckiser’s vision and commitment to growing up life skill education in India. He informed that the ‘Birds to Bees Talk’ programme is a comprehensive growing life skills curriculum for 10-19 years old children which will provide accurately, fact-based and age-appropriate information that will help adolescents make informed choices.
He added that the curriculum is in alignment with the National Curriculum Framework and the recently announced New Education Policy 2020 as it follows the guiding principles of the Adolescence Education progamme.
Earlier, Secretary Education Department, Shri. Anil Raj Rai presented the welcome address and vote of thanks was proposed by State Project Director Samagra Siksha and Director Elementary Education Shri. Bhim Thatal.