Why SPC?

SOCIAL CONTEXT OF SPC PROJECT

The need for a school-level intervention such as the Student Police Cadet (SPC) project derives from a combination of philosophic, demographic, sociological and economic factors that are expected to influence the future global standing of our nation. The significance of the SPC Project lies in its potential to positively impact the following:

DEMOCRACY AND RESPECT FOR LAW

Democracy is a system of governance whereby people adopt, enact and give to themselves a framework of rules, called Laws, which they are expected to abide by voluntarily. Ownership of law by a community implies that children inherit the Law by birth. Children in a democracy must not grow up in dread of, or with contempt for Law. Rather, these children must be brought up knowing that law exists for their safety and security, and that obeying Law is part of their general civic duty.

CHALLENGES OF DEMOCRATIC rtgergPOLICING

In a truly modern democratic state, there must occur a paradigm shift in the policing function from “enforcement” to “facilitation” of law. At the same time, Police today also have to respond to challenges thrown up by terrorist and separatist activities by aggrieved groups in society, unpredictable outbursts of social disharmony and incidents of antiestablishment violence.

CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS OF YOUTH

Increasing intolerance, criminal and deviant behavior among youth has been attributed to weakening of family ties, declining moral standard in society and liberal use of intoxicants, among others. Other problems experienced by students include poor physical and mental endurance, lower self-esteem, and lack of personal goals.

IMPACT OF INFORMATION & COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Rapid developments in the field of Information and Communication Technology(ICT) throw up immense opportunities as well as pose threats to youth. Youngsters heavily exposed to such technology become vulnerable to cyber crime, misuse of social media and mobile phone technology.

INDIA’S DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND

Today, 50% of India’s population is less than 25 years of age. It has been predicted that by the year 2030, India will have the world’s largest population, at approximately 153 Crores, of which youth would constitute about 95 Crores, i.e. 63%. For the country to benefit from this demographic profile, India’s youth must become capable of leadership in all fields of human activity, through proper training.

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY AND SOCIAL INCLUSIVENESS

Today’s communities experience contentious issues such as poor waste management, environmental degradation, disregard of rules and regulations, and lack of respect for others’ rights. Youth must come face-to-face with such issues early in their personal development. Only then will they grow as socially responsible citizens with a willingness to empathize with and find solutions to problems of wider humanity.

   
 
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