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JEPC and UNICEF Jharkhand organized an interactive webinar on the psychosocial well-being of students and their parents during COVID and Exam Preparedness on September 15 from 11 am to 1 pm on YouTube. 

COVID-19 and the resultant lockdown saw adults and children confined within their homes as schools and offices remained closed. This had adverse psychosocial implications on families, especially children at grade 9 to 12 level.

Many of these children and parents were in grip of stress, anxiety and fear of facing exams during these tough days of the pandemic. As such, as a corollary, the organizers of this webinar decided to create an online platform where the student community across Jharkhand can address their anxiety and learn some systematic approaches to overcome the fear of examinations.  

Senior officials like Rahul Sharma, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Jharkhand and  Dr. Shailesh Kumar Chourasia, SPD, Jharkhand Education Project Council (JEPC) introduced the topic and welcomed the experts. Parul Sharma from UNICEF spoke about the importance of mental health and for both adults and children.

Two other speakers contributed their skills in making this webinar a success – Dr. Nishant Goyal, a Psychiatrist from CIP, Kanke Ranchi and Dr.Anuradha Vats, a Psychiatrist from Ranchi. 

As many as  5625 participants joined the webinar. They comprised of students, teachers, parents, BRPs and CRPs. In the end, participants put forth their queries some of which were answered by the experts while the rest will be answered through E-Vidyavahini soon, a statement of UNICEF Jharkhand said. 

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