Apeejay School - Nerul
Apeejay School - Nerul
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Adolescence Education Programme

Nerul, December 17, 2013: Awareness about issues which are the need of the hour to the youngsters who are about to embark on there journey to the outside world, were discussed. On this day, students of classes IX (A, B, C & D) presented their views on substance abuse in the form of a plays, songs and PowerPoint presentations.

An inter-class competition was held for Class IX on the topic ‘Substance Abuse and Peer Pressure’. On this day, students of classes IX presented their views on substance abuse in the form of a plays, songs and PowerPoint presentations. Their performances were judged by a panel of judges and the chief guest for the day, Dr. Anu Vij, a practicing Gynaecologist. Later, a question box session was held to clear their doubts.

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A health and hygiene workshop was conducted for the girls of Class VI to Class X. The aim of health and hygiene awareness was to create awareness about maintaining personal hygiene and cleanliness as well as ensure that the girls understand how bad sanitation practices can have a negative impact on them and their families’ health. The teens were also told about the importance of protecting their health and promote their well-being. Awareness of the negative impact of bad sanitation practices on the environment was emphasised and they were also counseled on personal protection in public places.

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Workshop on ‘Life Skills’ for Class IX

Month Of June 2013. This programme is done every year for students from classes IX to XII. The children today are overexposed to unlimited information via media, have inadequate support and care due to nuclear families and working parents, easy availability of drugs, peer influence, etc. It is our duty as teachers to identify the problem areas in school and counsel the child and make him capable of solving his problems.

The AEP programme for the session 2013-14 began with a workshop on ‘Life Skills’ for the students of Class IX. It was conducted by Dr. (Mrs.) M.R. Shipley, Associate Principal along with the nodal teachers, Ms. Samita Vij and Ms. Ritu Kapur on 26th August 2013. The students were taught about the applications of life skills such as thinking, social and negotiation skills in ones’ daily life. They were taught how to take wise decisions in tough conditions and to manage oneself in a creative way. This programme made them comprehend that this is the time to take a step for them and say NO to peer pressure.

In the programme held for Class IX, the students were taught about the applications of various life skills in ones’ daily life. The first topic took into consideration ‘The Vision of Healthy and Empowered Adolescents’ which was tagged along with a quote from WHO (World Health Organization): ‘Health is a state of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being and not merely the absence of a disease or infirmity’. This AEP programme was an initiative which helped children to make choices in their personal and public life and also on learning from their experiences.

Keeping in mind the vulnerability of the youth of today towards substance abuse and increase in the number of addicts of tobacco, narcotic drugs and alcohol, the students of Class XI were given the opportunity to educate their juniors - Class IX, on the harmful effects of substance abuse.

The life skills introduced were as per the AEP framework where they are categorised as:

a) Thinking Skills        b) Social Skills        c) Negotiation

Classroom situations were taken up for discussion.

They were taught how to take wise decisions in tough conditions and how to manage oneself in a creative way; also they were skilled to get socially interactive and to accept their strengths and weaknesses. This programme made them comprehend that this is the time to take a step for themselves and say NO to peer pressure.

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Peer Educators Session for Class IX by students of Class XI

Nerul, August 26, 2013: Keeping in mind the vulnerability of the youth of today towards substance abuse and increase in the number of addicts of tobacco, narcotic drugs & alcohol, the students of Class XI were given the opportunity to educate their juniors - Class IX, on the harmful effects of substance abuse. It was a rewarding experience for both the classes. Class XI told Class IX the consequences they would face if they fell into the chasm of substance abuse.

They told them about the gateway drugs like tobacco and alcohol which will lead them to more dangerous substances like cocaine, heroin, marijuana, etc. and made them aware about the ill-effects one may face. The presentation gave in-depth knowledge of the various kinds of drugs were also made aware of withdrawal symptoms like diarrhoea, vomiting, hallucinations, shivering, etc. which makes it very difficult for an addict to give up drugs. Aggressive behaviour, going out of the house at odd hours, etc. told them how to recognise a drug addict and help him to get rid of this. The presentation was peppered with many videos on drug abuse. The students enjoyed the event and went away with the feeling of never straying onto the wrong path.