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Games, songs & aid hope

Some 3,000 differently abled children had a great time participating in a host of activities at Zilla School grounds in Ranchi on Tuesday.

The event, jointly organised by Jharkhand Education Project Council and Unicef to mark international disability day, was attended by state HRD minister Geetashree Oraon as chief guest.

Speaking on the occasion, the minister said society needed to change its outlook towards special children. “If God has taken something away from these children, he has also endowed them with special gifts,” she said.

Citing the example of visually challenged singer and musician Stevie Wonder, she added: “Most special children are extremely talented. What they need is constant encouragement. We must be sensitive towards them.” The minister also urged pregnant women to go for regular check-ups to ensure their child’s well-being.

The day started with the special guests showing their skills in 100m sprint, 400m race and shot-put.

Next in line was a series of cultural programmes presented by physically challenged children.

Neha Pandey and Sonu Kumar won over the audience with their soulful songs. “I really appreciate the voices of both children and promise them financial assistance in the future,” she said.

The minister handed over Rs 1,001 to all children who put up stage performances. The venue also boasted 10 gaming stalls and 12 kiosks that were set up by NGOs to showcase their work towards teaching the disabled. Some of the special children were seen enjoying games like Ante Ki Ginti wherein they had to count 100 marbles in a minute. “Humko bahut maza aa raha hain (I am having a lot of fun),” said Vikas Kumar.