The Jammu and Kashmir government has hired services of the UK and US-based groups to identify children in schools of Kashmir with special needs.
In a first such measure to seek help of foreign groups, the government is roping in the UK-based 'Smile Train' and New York-based 'Sight Savers' to help identify such students and push for "inclusive education" of children with special needs.
"These international bodies will provide professional and funding support in detection and assessment of disabilities in the school-going children in the age group of 6-14 years. They will also conduct corrective surgeries and capacity development of special educators," said J&K advisor of the Sarva Shiksha Abhyan Mission (SSA) Mohammad Rafi on Monday in Srinagar.
The education department has identified many cases where children need special attention. The move to seek help of foreign groups has come after the authorities identified 25 cases of children where cleft surgery is required.
"For prevention and control of visual impairment in children, assessment and management camps are being organised at the district and zonal levels," said Rafi.