The Jammu and Kashmir government has hired the services of UK and US based groups to identify children with special needs in the schools of Kashmir.
In a first of its kind measure, 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 monetary support in detection and assessment of disabilities in the school-going children within the age group of 6-14 years. They will also conduct corrective surgeries and capacity development of special educators," said Jammu and Kashmir 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 from foreign groups has come after the authorities identified 25 cases where cleft surgeries were required for the children.
"For prevention and control of visual impairment in children, assessment and management camps are being organised at the district and zonal levels," said Rafi.