Australia lends a helping hand to educate special children

Centre to provide e-books and train under-privileged children inaugurated at Nai Disha School.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Published: February 10, 2015 3:57 am
Australian High Commissioner Patrick Suckling at Tamana’s Nai Disha School for the disabled. (Source: Express Photo) Australian High Commissioner Patrick Suckling at Tamana’s Nai Disha School for the disabled. (Source: Express Photo)

In order to help mentally challenged and autistic children learn better, Australian High Commissioner Patrick Suckling inaugurated a new technology centre at Tamana’s Nai Disha School for the disabled.

The centre will be used to convert the school’s curriculum into e-books, besides training students from the underprivileged community.

“The Australian government is privileged to associate with Tamana and contribute to this great cause. The Australian government is committed to lending a helping hand to NGOs that support India’s economic development and strengthen communities,” the High Commissioner said during the inauguration of the centre.

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Suckling address in Hindi was met with a loud applause by the students and teachers present at the event.

“The children of this school are extraordinary and I am very happy to be present here today,” he added.

Students grooved to the hit numbers ‘Jai Ho’, ‘I am a Barbie Girl’ and ‘Desh Mera Rangeela’ during a short cultural programme.

“The technology centre will be used to transform Tamana’s curriculum into e-books and will be accessible for differently-abled students.

In addition, the centre will be used to train 250 students from underprivileged communities which Tamana supports,” Suckling told Newsline.

Under the Direct Aid Program (DAP), the Australian High Commission provides small grants for activities that support development and strengthen communities in India and Bhutan.

Over the past decade, the programme has funded over 190 projects in India and Bhutan, distributing over Rs 10 crore to support small-scale sustainable development projects.

Established in 1984, Tamana is a non-profit organisation that helps the mentally challenged, the multi-disabled and the autistic.

It offers tailored educational programmes to individuals that include special education, academic programmes through the National Institute for Open Schooling (NIOS), therapeutic interventions and vocational courses.

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