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Kalam Express: School-on-wheels for differently-abled Jind children

In a unique initiative to ensure quality education to differently-abled children living in the rural areas, the Jind district administration has launched a mobile classroom to teach such children at their doorsteps.

punjab Updated: Aug 11, 2015 12:49 IST
Neeraj Mohan
Kalam Express, a school on wheels for differently-abled children of Jind, will be used to teach over 1,600 special children of the district. HT Photo
Kalam Express, a school on wheels for differently-abled children of Jind, will be used to teach over 1,600 special children of the district. HT Photo

In a unique initiative to ensure quality education to differently-abled children living in the rural areas, the Jind district administration has launched a mobile classroom to teach such children at their doorsteps.

Named after late President APJ Abdul Kalam, the Kalam Express mobile van will be used to teach over 1,600 differently-abled children of the district.

According to Jind deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, the mobile classroom has been launched under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) by the District Red Cross Society and the Haryana health department. It would have a special teacher, a speech therapist, a physiotherapist and an assortment of toys.

"There are 1,635 children with special needs in the district and 92 of them require home-based education. The mobile classroom will teach them so that they can grow into intelligent adults," said Joshi.

The mobile classroom will also have audio and video equipment and the van will also have facilities of laptop and projector.

Besides imparting education, the teachers on the Kalam Express will also give health and hygiene tips to children, The DC said.

He said that the mobile van would cover three villages in a day and it will fix the teaching days for every village as per the route chart.

Jind is the first district in Haryana to start this facility. The district administration will start such mobile classrooms for the remaining two sub-divisions of Narwana and Safidon in the next phase, the DC added.