Inclusive education seems to be the new buzzword for Rotary Club of Jamshedpur, which has invited Padma Shri Uma Tuli to steer an initiative to embrace special children.
The club has launched project disability to encourage city schools to put in more effort to bridge the gap between special and regular students.
According to officials, Tuli — founder and managing secretary of New Delhi-based social organisation Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust that works for the rehabilitation of the disabled — will visit the city next month to share experiences and lessons on how to deal with special children.
Tuli will address a group of school principals who would be invited soon.
The project plans to construct ramps leading to classrooms, toilets and offices so that special children had no hesitation in attending school.
The club’s project disability in-charge Anita Gupta told The Telegraph on Sunday that the initiative was aimed at reaching out to special children and bridging gaps.
“We are working out the modalities. The principals so far have been positive with their approach,” she said.
Gupta added they wanted to reach out to the maximum number of children and provide wheelchairs and hearing aids to help them become a part of the mainstream. She and her team have already held talks with principals in a number of schools in this regard.
Inclusive education is a crucial component under the RTE Act, which requires managements to encourage the parents of special children to let them attend school.