Identification, Certification and Enrolment
Right to Education Act makes education free and compulsory for all children of 6 to 14 years of age. This includes children with disabilities as well. However, due to various reasons, children with disabilities are still not fully enrolled in the schools. Prajayatna is striving towards universal enrolment and meaningful education of such children in the government schools.
Towards this, Prajayatna has identified 115 and 259 children with disabilities in Chitrakoot and Bahraich respectively through its field processes and community meetings during the last quarter.
Prajayatna participated in the certification camps organized in Block Resource Center, Chitrakoot on 9th and 23rd of October, 2017. In the camp, Disability Certificates for 139 such children were made with the efforts of Prajayatna. For participating in the camp, the information of the organization of the camp was conveyed to the parents of the children with disabilities through Prajayatna’s facilitators, school teachers and Gram Pradhans and the parents were requested to bring their children to the camp on the scheduled dates. These certificates will entitle these children for various government benefits and schemes.
As a part of its efforts towards enrolling children with disabilities in schools, Prajayatna has enrolled 7 such children in Chitrakoot and 6 in Bahraich during the period of October to December 2017. Their admission is an issue as teachers complain that they are not properly trained to handle these children and also that the requisite infrastructure required for their education is absent in these schools. They are made to understand the need for enrolment and in addressing the diverse needs of all children and not just children with disabilities.
Participation in Measurement Camp
Prajayatna participated in the measurement camp organized by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan in Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya in Ashoha, Pahadi on November 28th, 2017. The information of the organization of the camp was conveyed to the parents of the children with disabilities through Prajayatna’s facilitators, school teachers and Gram Pradhans and the parents were requested to bring their children to the camp on the scheduled date. A total of 66 children came for the camp through the efforts of Prajayatna and the community members. It is expected that they will get their recommended devices by the end of March 2018.
Home Visits and Meeting with Parents of Disabled Children
During the last quarter, Prajaytana organized home visits to the homes of children with disabilities in Chitrakoot and Bahraich with a motive to gauge the performance of these children and to meet their parents on a one-to-one basis so as to advise them on how to take better care of these children. Mrs Gayatri Kiran from Spastic Society of India visited the homes of 5 such children in Chitrakoot and 6 in Bahraich. While two of these children suffer from Cerebral Palsy and two from Intellectual Impairment, five suffer from Hearing Impairment and one from Physical Impairment. One child among those visited suffers from both Cerebral Palsy and Physical Impairment.
As visiting the homes of each and every child was not possible, meetings with parents of children with disabilities were organized in Bahraich on two days. The intent of the meetings was to hear the issues being faced by these parents and to give them professional suggestions so that proper care and attention can be provided to these children by their parents. There was also a need for the officials to interact directly with the parents in order to understand the difficulties faced by the parents in reality and help in addressing them. The meetings were attended by a total of 46 parents who raised various questions and doubts which were answered in an effective manner by Mrs Gayatri Kiran from Spastic Society of India, three itinerant teachers, NPRCs of Jarwal and Badrauli and an orthopaedic doctor.