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DSEK, Piramal Foundation launch Art-Based Capacity Building, Training (ACBT) Project on Zoom platform

Srinagar, June 03 (KINS): Directorate of School Education Jammu & Kashmir Union territory  in collaboration with Piramal Foundation launched Art-Based Capacity Building & Training (ACBT) Project on Zoom platform.

The authorities here said that the ACBT project aims to capacitate teachers on using Art-based tools with children to enhance their emotional well-being to support them perform better academically. “It’s theoretical base derives from the framework of Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) that strongly emphasizes on Self-awareness, Social awareness, Relationship skills, Self-management and Responsible Decision-making. It will enhance emotional well-being of more than 3500 students and 150 teachers in the span of 8 months,”. 

“The launch was organized under the able guidance of Director School Education, Jammu Dr. Ravi Shanker Sharma (KAS) and Director School Education, Kashmir Dr. Tasaduq Hussain (KAS)”.

“The event was moderated by Dr. Alka Sharma and enlightened by the presence of Deputy Director (DSEJ), Mamta Sharma (KES), Chief Accounts Officer(DSEK), Syed Mubashara Hussain (KAS), Personal Officer(DSEK), Ata Ul Munim Tak (KAS), Counselling Cell Head, Dr. Romesh Kumar, Divisional Coordinators DSEJ & DSEK, Ms. Jaswinder Kour and Nisar Ahmad Dar respectively, Program Director, Piramal Foundation Ms. Zeeshan Hassan, Founder Red Pencil International, Laurence Vandenborre, General Manager, RPI Ms. Natacha Pirrote, Program Implementation Manager (RPI), Elisa Bongiovanni, Art Therapists of RPI, Kaivalya Team and teachers of both the divisions”. 

“Zeeshan Hassan from Piramal shared that PFEL has entered into a partnership with RPI specifically for J&K to address the emerging need of focusing of holistic development of children and for facilitating expression in classrooms

Laurence from RPI shared the kind of work Red Pencil is doing globally. She also shared success stories of projects conducted in Bangalore, Lebanon and in some other countries. Later, Natacha briefly explained ACBT project and how Art therapy can be leveraged as tool in improving social emotional skills of children. The project is divided into 3 phases: Introduction Training of 2.5 months, On the Job Coaching of 3 months & Peer Group work of 2.5 months”.

“The launch was organized under the able guidance of Director School Education, Jammu Dr. Ravi Shanker Sharma (KAS) and Director School Education, Kashmir Dr. Tasaduq Hussain (KAS). Both the Directors acknowledged the need of such projects to reduce mental stress of students and how it will help in nourishing the souls of teachers and students of J&K. They are keen to support this master cadre of selected counsellors reach other teachers even in the remotest districts to ensure holistic development of each and every child in J&K and appreciated Piramal Foundation and Counselling Cell for taking such collaborative efforts”.(KINS)

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