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’Coz love is special

Public school students to celebrate V-Day with specially-abled children.

entertainment Updated: Feb 11, 2010 01:44 IST
Chetna Joshi Bambroo

Valentine’s Day is all about spreading love, and it isn’t restricted to lovers alone. Tamana, a non governmental organistion (NGO) working for the upliftment of individuals with intellectual impairment, multiple disability and autism, also highlights this thought.

The NGO is organising an event today wherein students of mainstream schools such as Delhi Public School (DPS), Springdales and Carmel Convent will come together to celebrate V-Day with the students at Tamana.

Tamana founder and president Shyama Chona, who’s been honoured with civilian awards such as the Padma Bhushan and the Padma Shri for her contribution towards betterment of students with multiple disabilities, gives us a lowdown on the celebrations this year.

“Three schools, namely School of Hope, Nai Disha and Tamana Special are running under the aegis of Tamana. This V-Day, we plan to get children from all these schools to interact with the students of mainstream schools. They’ll exchange views and ideas, play games, and gift hand-made cards to each other,” she says.

The event will take place at Tamana Special School, Vasant Vihar. “Students will play games like dumb charades and antakshari, and will also exchange email ids to remain in touch with the ones they’ve befriended,” says Ritu Juneja, director, Tamana.
The only organisation in India to have an autism centre with 150 children, Tamana is recognised by the United Nations and is also linked to the University of Washington, says Chona.

Participating students are thrilled. “It’ll be a great experience. Such a celebration gives a deeper meaning to V-Day. I’m looking forward to make good friends there,” says DPS student Pratul Tandon.