28th May 2018; Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled has risen the bars of inclusive education for which the Founder Managing Trustee of the NGO, Shri Mahantesh GK represented the foundation where he signed a MoU with the Department of School Education, Government of UT of Chandigarh and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Punjab Society, Government of Punjab, respectively.
One of the quintessential components of this MoU was the training of general school teachers on Inclusive Education. The NGO is vigilantly working towards the cause which was well reflected during the one-day sensitization programme organized by the nonprofit in association with SSA Punjab on the 28th of May 2018. Though the session was for the Government school teachers in Punjab, the organizers believe that it was the first step towards sensitizing schools on inclusiveness. Ms. Anupriya Chada, National Programme Manager for Inclusive Education, Samarthanam was one of the keynote speakers imparting the training via EDUSAT.
During the programme, the teachers were given basic information on the various kinds of special needs children can exhibit in a classroom followed by the simple techniques teachers could use to successfully include children with disabilities to facilitate an inclusive atmosphere in the classroom. The role of a teacher in a mainstream school was also clearly defined.
The session also made teachers pledge that if they could adopt even one child with special need and monitor that they complete the cycle of education till senior secondary level, then it would be one of the biggest achievements of their life.
The highly interactive session ended with teachers asking many questions related to the education of children with disabilities. The overwhelming response of the teachers and other school authorities proved beneficial. The training was that of a grand scale as the programme reached over 15517 schools covering more than 21942 teachers. Similar activities are en route for Chandigarh and Assam Government school teachers accounted by the eager enthusiasm portrayed by the teachers who are now all set and well-prepared to make their class inclusive and discrimination-free paving the way for an equal society.
Dr. Anupriya Chada, National Programme Manager, Inclusive Education, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.