These children are special. They need special care. But often, this special care translates into a protective shield around them. The Shri Ram School, under the Special Education Needs programme, is breaking the myth that such kids are not "able to take care of themselves.” On Thursday, the school played host to 15 students from Singapore with special needs.
On September 24, an equal number of students from the Shri Ram School will pack their bags and leave for Singapore. “This is our second exchange programme. After the success of the last programme, it was not a Herculean task to convince parents to send their children. The students who went last year came back with new friends, new experiences and a lot of confidence,” says Payal Kapoor, Principal, Shri Ram School.
The special students from the Chaoyang School, Singapore, will be calling on President APJ Abdul Kalam on Friday. Ask Premraaj about his trip to India and he replies, “I want to see the Taj Mahal.” His wish will be realised as the host school has scheduled a visit to this wonderful monument.
Sulekha Anir, who works with the Chaoyang School, informed that students with special needs underwent sessions for over 10 weeks before coming to India. “They need to connect with the idea of leaving behind their country. We showed them on a globe the distance between India and Singapore,” she said.
The students from Shri Ram School are also going through a similar programme to help them imbibe new experiences in a new country.