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Team of experts from UK to meet Punjab’s education minister

After successfully completing the first phase of ‘Education programme for special children ‘UK based NGO’ is back in Amritsar to expand the programme and take it to the next level.

punjab Updated: Oct 23, 2015 16:36 IST
Usmeet Kaur

After successfully completing the first phase of ‘Education programme for special children ‘UK based NGO’ is back in Amritsar to expand the programme and take it to the next level.

Their sole motive for educating the special children is to give them an enriched life and they want to encourage the Punjab’s society for not abandoning the children with special needs.

For this, a team of experts from Hope and compassion (UK based NGO) visited Pehal Government Resource Centre for Special Children which they plan to make a model exemplary school in Punjab.

They earlier visited in April 2015 and assessed more than 120 children at Amritsar’s Pehal Government Resource Centre for Special Children and now they re-visited the school for observation on that assessment and make sure that Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) is utilizing the study material and running the programme in a successful way.

The team was headed by the Director of the project Manpreet Kaur who during her visit announced her meeting with Punjab’s education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema where they will ask for assistance in this education programme.

Speaking to Hindustan Times Kaur said, “We are running the same programme for special children in UK and if the children in UK can learn and grow with this programme even the children in Punjab can, but all they need is a support from the higher authorities. In Punjab, currently we are getting support of SSA and thus together we are geared up to enrich the lives of the hundreds of special children.”

The team feels if their programme is backed by the education authorities at large and this school becomes a successful model school for Punjab –there would definitely be an increase in the number of special children who for now are not being sent to schools by their parents.

Sharing further, “We are waiting for this center to shift into their new premises and then we shall implement next stage of the education programme. In this programme our aim is not to take these special children into mainstream education rather we train present teaching professionals to educate the children and enhance their individual capabilities so that they have a quality and enriched life.”

The team is heading to Chandigarh to meet Punjab’s education minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema and ask him for assistance which they feel is missing.

“Past four years we are associated with SSA but that’s on the local level, now the time has come we need support on the higher level and that is possible if the state government supports us for this we would meet the education minister Punjab and tell him that we are ready to send special educators in UK who can come to India and train the teachers, we would also provide facilities, equipments and may be in coming times infrastructure – but we expect the authorities to back us in making Amritsar school a model exemplary school for teaching special children,” asserts Kaur.

While Dharaminder Singh the district incharge of Inclusive education for disable (SSA) confirmed that their next visit would be in April 2016 and team with special educators would visit and provide a 15 day session giving lessons plans and individual child training to the teachers.

“We would be shifting in a Government school of Ranjit Avenue which has a better infrastructure and we are sure that it would become a model school and can be replicated in other districts.”