Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), in collaboration with Breakthrough Communications PL and the Independent Television Service, Inc. (ITVS), will launch a new initiative on gender-based violence prevention in Delhi, India. The initial training will take place October 10-11, 2017, in conjunction with International Day of the Girl Child. The project will promote a positive school climate and safe learning environment for all students. LCIF allocated US$100,000 in seed funding for this multi-organizational collaborative project.
The initial pilot intervention, titled Dosti Ka Safar (The Journey of Friendship) is built on Lions Quest lessons and programming, and will help foster and cultivate greater gender equity among 2,000 youth in New Delhi and surrounding regions. This customized intervention utilizes teacher-led discussions, serialized films and the Lions Quest model of “skills practice” to extend constructive behaviors from the lessons into the everyday classroom and community at large.
“We are excited and honored to have partnered with other distinguished organizations to launch this one-of-a-kind curriculum-based intervention,”
— Abhishek Srivastava, India Engagement Coordinator for ITVS
To reach these ambitious goals, Lions Quest and partners will train teachers from more than six local schools in social and emotional learning and overcoming patriarchal norms, gender biases and stereotypes in the initial pilot. In addition to training teachers to implement the curriculum, all classrooms will receive printed teacher books, student journals, videos and copies of Priya’s Shakti a celebrated graphic novel about a female rape victim turned super hero in an Indian village.
“[This curriculum] will enable [adolescents] to identify and access support systems and resources that exist in their surroundings, address and prevent discrimination and violence and create safer spaces for themselves and their peers,”
—Pauline Gomes, Senior Manager at Breakthrough
Earlier in 2017, Lions Clubs International signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, to further LCI’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
“Lions Club International Foundation is honored to collaborate with transformative pioneers. This Lions Quest project will bring positive social change and make a difference for thousands of women and girls in the Delhi area. It is a shining example of the positive youth development skills Lions Quest has fostered in millions of young people.”
— Chancellor Bob Corlew, Chairman of LCIF
For more than 30 years, Lions Quest has developed and implemented a comprehensive, evidence-based social and emotional learning program in schools all over the world. Through curriculum dissemination, professional development and community engagement, more than 15 million youth have benefited from the program. The project in India marks a new milestone in Lions’ service to youth worldwide.