'Jagrit' is an ongoing programme of the DPS Society with the objective to spread awareness not only to the urban youth but also to the marginalized sections of society.
The programme started with an HIV/AIDS Awareness Camp in April 2004, Where 300 students & teachers were trained as Peer Educators and Teacher Facilitators from all DPS schools across the country as well as Kendriya Vidyalayas (Govt. Schools) from Delhi .Their mission was to rid this country of HIV virus that is spreading rapidly, especially among the youth.
With a strength of nearly 2.50 lakh students & five lakh parents, the DPS Society, each year, reaffirms its determination to equip young people studying in all of the 157 DPS schools across the globe, with knowledge & skills that will nurture them into responsible & global citizens.
DPS Society, being one of the largest school systems, has taken the responsibility of spreading HIV/AIDS Awareness across the country & help bring about a healthy social fabric.
The Red Ribbon
The Red Ribbon is the internationally recognized symbol for AIDS that symbolizes peace & support, for those who are infected with HIV & even those who have lost their lives because of it.
World Aids Day
- A note by the Peer Educators-
The 1st of Dec is celebrated as "World Aids Day." The international day of action on HIV/AIDS.
This day & infact, everyday is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against the deadly virus.
HIV/AIDS is a great plague upon all humanity that has already claimed the lives of over 23 million men, women & children.
With an estimated 40 million currently living with HIV around the globe, all current predictions tell us that this is just the beginning of the epidemic!
An AIDS awareness week had been organized in our school by the peer educators, trained by Jagrit-an ongoing programme of the DPS Society with the objective to spread awareness not only to urban people but also to the marginalized sections of society.
Through our programme last week, we attempted to heighten the awareness level & inspire action against HIV/AIDS. This was done by conducting various workshops, discussions & activities.
Our aim in doing so was to equip the students with knowledge & ability to take swift & creative action to address the dangers of the disease rampant within.
As peer educators, it was satisfying to realize that we can play a pivotal role in chnaging many lives.
This has made us deeply conscious of the necessity to ensure a safer future for our society & also made us realize that it is a long battle to wage.
We may have begun the journey but miles need to be traversed. We believe that, with the school's constant support & encouragement & also the students' cooperation, we will succeed in promoting awareness & encourage empathy amongst our peers.
Thank you & have a nice day