Please Retain NCERT's Teacher's Training Manual On Transgender and Non Binary Children

Please Retain NCERT's Teacher's Training Manual On Transgender and Non Binary Children

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Nilakshi Roy started this petition to Dr. Sridhar Srivastava, Joint Director, NCERT

Dear Dr Srivastava, 

Congratulations on adding a detailed chapter on gender in your training material.
Sensitising NCERT teachers to the fact that some children could be non-binary only suggests love and compassion for children who seem or are different in some respects.

It also reflects your respect for the scientifically proven approach towards sex and gender education: that it is necessary and has to be imparted in a practical manner without morality or shame attached to it.

By the same token sensitising School Administrators should also be done. In fact, it would help establish School Policies strictly against bullying or any form of abuse for any visibly diverse child.

The youngsters in schools today are beneficiaries of a new judicial reinterpretation of an archaic law that implies freedom from criminalisation of certain people. The Supreme Court has freed the LGBTQIA community from allegations of criminality and is making so many reforms to support their stance henceforth.

If the children and schoolteachers continue to NOT see these people for who they are, or to allow disrespect, support bullying, lack of privacy, all because they are ALL EQUALLY MISINFORMED about them, they are actually holding the Supreme Court in contempt. It is the duty of every citizen, and institutions, especially schools, to uphold the law of the land and support suitable reforms.


Your decision to impart formal gender and sex education, with proper awareness about diversity within genders, to school teachers is highly laudable.


Having a capable expert from the community who has drafted the training material in a nuanced and relevant manner is very appropriate.
It is rightful to include the chapter to the NCERT training manual so that the country with an average age of 24 can at least make up for the lost time and rise to the occasion as well-informed citizens. I strongly suggest that the training material be retained and used effectively in the wonderful classrooms of our young country and its responsible future adult citizens.

Yours faithfully,
Professor Dr Nilakshi Roy
Parent of a queer child

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