EVAC-TN (End Violence Against Children – Tamil Nadu), a movement initiated by the Institute of Social education is conceptualised to engage individuals, educationist, scholars, activist, law makers, policy makers and the community at large to end violence against children in any form in Tamil Nadu. Emergence of EVAC-TN was nourished by the active participation in the UNICEF’s “ENDviolence campaign – 2013” and the active involvement of ISE team in propagating India’s “National Policy for Children 2013” through Child Friendly Schools in Tamil Nadu.
Violence against children exists everywhere, despite of stringent legal protections are in force. National Crime Records Bureau report 2016 reveals that in Chennai alone at least one child was sexually abused in every 48 hours and incidents of rape of children in India increased to 82 percent. Tamil Nadu (third) reports highest number of Child marriages. Violence against children hampers all other aspects of child development across the lifecycle and fundamentally hinders chances for children to live free of poverty due to its long-term consequences on well-being and behaviour including health, education, income earning potential, social interaction, and more. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) make an explicit, bold and universal commitment to end violence against children (EVAC), in all its forms.
The Institute of Social Education presumed that teachers are spending comparatively more time with children then parents and relatives. To some extent Teachers can explore in and out of children more than parents. Children too find it secure when they are with teachers. It is in this context, ISE worked out a strategy to involve teachers as the principle stakeholder to protect children from all forms of discrimination and violence.
ISE make use of Child Friendly Schools as entry point for EVAC-TN and coordinate all its related activities centered around CFS and also link a bondage between Teachers, Children and Parents.