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Quality education for the differently-abled in city

Quality education for the differently-abled in city

TNN Sep 23, 2012, 06.27AM IST

VARANASI: The differently abled children from the poor economic background can now look forward to a better quality of education. The basic education department has organised its third pre-integration camp under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) in the district in August. The 10-month free of cost residential camp is imparting education to around 107 children who are either visually or hearing impaired.
"The admission is still going on, we have the resources to accommodate as many as 120 children. Most of the children admitted here come from families below the poverty line," informed Supriya Mishra, warden of the visually impaired section. There are separate wings for visually impaired and hearing impaired children. The camp is situated in Shivpur area in the premises of Kasturba Balika Avasiya Vidyalaya.

The study pattern in the school is fully residential bridge course and it follows all the norms of primary education under SSA. "Children who study here are either dropouts or those who have never been to school due to social stigmas and other reasons. For 10 months, they are trained to bridge the gap in their education as per their age and mental ability," informed Mishra. Besides, there are separate rooms for boys and girls. According to another warden, Ruby Pandey, There are six caretakers who look after the cleanliness of rooms, helping children with their clothes, books, and other belongings. A monthly medical check-up of every child is also conducted in the camp premises.
"Apart from imparting education, we also try to develop confidence in them because when admitted in the camp, they generally suffer from low self esteem due to their disability. Fluency in Braille and speech therapy and sports proves to be useful," added Pandey.
Students are educated taking help from flash cards, pictures, charts, replica of animals, fruits, vegetables, puzzles, audio visual presentation, and hearing aids. For visually impaired children, camp is well-stocked with Braille stationary and typewriter for students. According to district coordinator, inclusive education, Triloki Nath Sharma, this is the fourth pre-integration camp of the district under SSA.
According to basic shiksha adhikari, Param Hans Yadav, "the camp will end in May 2013. Efforts are being made to add more such children to the camp."
While most of the students, after training in the camp, are admitted in several special schools to complete their basic and higher education, few girls of the camp have decided to choose normal inter colleges for their education.

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