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Thursday , April 10 , 2014
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Lions roar against suicide

To help steel city children cope better with emotional upheavals, Lions Club is organising yet another three-day workshop for teachers that may curb suicides among teens.

The workshop under the Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence programme will be held for 30 teachers from 11 schools at Nature Education Centre on Tata zoo premises from April 11. The mentors will be taught to build self-confidence among students, help them communicate effectively and inspire them to co-operate with others.

Ratna Choudhury, a senior trainer of Lions Quest from New Delhi, will be the resource person.

Rajnish Kumar, second vice district governor (elect) of Lions Clubs International, said results of a survey conducted on adolescents sometime ago prompted them to organise the workshops.

“When students were asked ‘What kind of friend do you need?’, some said they want friends with a lot of money. It was also found that many parents forced their children to do things they were not interested in,” he added.

Kumar further said the workshops could help arrest the surge of the suicide graph of the steel city.

“This will be the 17th workshop of its kind in Jamshedpur, which is known as Lions Quest City of India in our fraternity. The curriculum of Skills for Adolescence has been implemented in many high schools of the city with encouraging results. Jamshedpur is infamous for high suicide rate. Such endeavours can help,” he added.

The Lions Quest Skills for Adolescence programme, designed for students of Classes VI to VIII, is aimed at teaching children how to manage their emotions, strengthen their ties with family and peers, make healthy decisions and think critically.

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