COMPETENCE THROUGH EDUCATION
Red Ribbon Club (RRC)

Introduction

     Red Ribbon Club is a movement started by the Government of India in Educational Institutions through which students will be making awareness of AIDS. The club organizes awareness camps on AIDS at regular intervals in village areas. The volunteers engage themselves in distributing pamphlets regarding AIDS and the way of living.

Red Ribbon Club Guidelines

* Red like Love, as a symbol of passion and tolerance for those affected
* Red like Blood, representing the pain caused by many people who have of AIDS
* Red like the anger about the helplessness about which we are facing for a disease for which there is still no cure.
* Red is a sign of warning not to carelessly ignore one of the biggest problems of our time
* Red Ribbon clubs are envisaged to instill among all the students in the educational institutions values of service, develop healthy life styles, and increase access to safe and adequate quantities of blood to all the needy by promotion of Regular voluntary blood donation.

     Apart from this, RRC aims at harnessing the potential of the youth by equipping them with correct information on Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Nutrition and Reproductive & Sexual Health and building their capacities as peer educators in spreading messages on positive health behavior in an enabling environment.

Objectives

The specific objectives of the programme are
$ To instill life skills into youths to live better and healthier life.
$ Increasing the capacity of the education system in teaching, training of various basic health aspects and helping the adolescents and youths for achieving positive health.
$ To ensure that every college going youth in the state is equipped with conceptual knowledge about various basic health aspects which he may possibly encounter during his life.
$ To motivate youth and build their capacity as peer educators and change agents by developing their skills on leadership, negotiation, and team building.
$ To promote voluntary non‐remunerated blood donation among youth.
$ Promote Regular voluntary blood donation by young people and increase access to safe and adequate quantities of blood.

Basis Strategies of Red Ribbon Club Programme     

     The programme is being implemented through Non Governmental Organisation in coordination with Universities' trained RRC Incharge/ Programme Officers (Lecturers) and peer educators. Non Governmental Organisation will train the nodal teachers and peer educators with initial support from trained resource persons. The nodal teachers and peer educators will take interactive classroom sessions with students across all targeted colleges.

These sessions will be based on five issues those are as follow

# Healthy Life Style and Stress & Strain free Environment.
# Drug Addiction.
# Blood Donation Promotion.
# Life skill Development and good eating habits.
# Reproductive & Sexual Health including RTI/STI and HIV/AIDS.
 
     The sessions will be participatory and seek to address the concerns of youths on growing up through role‐play, brainstorming and discussion. They will also address myths and misconceptions that young people have about health and reply to queries of youths by using the Question Box.

Under National Service Scheme and Red Ribbon Club the following events were conducted
 
  • AIDS Awareness Programme was conducted.
  • Disaster Management Programme by Dr.R.R.Krishnamoorthy, Asst.Professor, University of Madras was conducted.
  • National Youth Day was celebrated.
  • "RRC Celebrating Life" Curriculum imparting - Peer Educator Training by RRC Manager.
  • NSS Camp at Chinna Sekkadu was conducted.
  • Inter Polytechnic Career Development programme for NSS volunteers and Progrmme organizes sponsored by DOTE, Tamil Nadu.
  • World Women's Day was observed.
  • Interactive Training Session.
          ** HIV/AIDS Counseling, Testing & Service availability - by a Resource Person.
          ** Experience Sharing & Stigma and Discrimination by - HIV +ve Speaker











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