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Day school, training help for special kids

Special children would soon be able to empower themselves at the social welfare department’s day schools inaugurated in the capital and Gaya this month.

Darbhanga, too, would have such an institute soon.

According to experts, there are more than 25 lakh intellectually disabled children in the state and the initiative of the department is commendable, as this is the first attempt in Bihar to reach out to these kids.

Social welfare minister Parveen Amanullah said: “The decision aims to educate, train and rehabilitate special children in the age group of 6 to 18. These kids will get to learn about sports, craft, painting and others through classroom interaction. The idea is to empower these children through education.” She added that parents of these kids would not be charged any admission fee.

The minister said her department has adopted the model of Chennai-based day schools. “The day schools in Tamil Nadu have maintained a very good standard from the beginning.” According to sources, the department has taken care of every aspect. The school will have a separate syllabus for these kids as well. “These kids need to be treated differently. The clinical psychologist would conduct an intelligence quotient test for each child and then the expert will decide the syllabus for the kid concerned. This will help in the development of the child,” said an official of the department.

According to sources, psychologists would maintain a case profile of each student to keep a tab on their development. “Each school will have 50 seats. Besides, only BEd degree holders would be appointed teachers in these special schools,” said sources.

The sources added: “The department has given the responsibility of each school to a non-government organisation (NGO). While Hyderabad-based Shankar Foundation has been given the responsibility of the Patna-based day school, NGO Ecobic will look after the institute at Gaya. Child Concern, a Patna-based NGO has been given the responsibility of the Darbhanga day school, which would start soon.”