New Delhi Public Library to launch ‘no-frills’ public library service with no sex ed
By By John Martin , Associated Press New Delhi (AP) A New Delhi public library that plans to offer no-frill public library services for all children is moving ahead with the ambitious plan, saying that it would not take a “sophisticated” sex ed course to ensure that children would learn how to use technology safely.
The library, which has been experimenting with different technologies in a bid to make the experience more personalized and effective, said the aim was to bring about “a change in how we teach children” to use apps, computers and mobile devices safely.
New Delhi’s city government has launched the “NoSexEd” initiative, which will provide free Wi-Fi access to the library’s public library for the first time on Tuesday.
The new initiative is being backed by the city government and is meant to improve the quality of learning at schools by ensuring that teachers and students have access to technology that has not been developed for that purpose.
“We have come up with a very innovative solution to address the problem of sexual assault,” library director Arvind Kumar said.
“There is a need to educate children about safe sex and safe technology, and we have decided to create a public library where everyone can use it.
This will bring about a change in the way we teach kids.”
The library plans to begin its “no-sexEd” service at 8 a.m.
Tuesday at the Kalyan Public Library in south Delhi.
“The public will not be asked to complete any course or engage in any sexual activity.
The initiative is not a curriculum,” Kumar said, adding that the public would be able to use the library without having to take a sex ed class.
Kumar said that the library was considering offering an educational app called “NoSafeSex,” which is free to use in India.
The app has been developed by a group of Indian companies including Google.
The project aims to “create a better learning environment for children and adults by empowering them with the tools and technologies that are currently not available in the classroom,” the library said in a statement.
“We are taking an ambitious approach to bring the library to the forefront of technology adoption,” Kumar added.
“It is a long and difficult journey, but we are confident we will reach our goal.”