The proposal is aimed at developing life skills in these children and integrating them within society by means of employment and to make them economically independent
Skill based pre-vocational training has been proposed to be imparted in government schools for children with special needs (CWSN) as a pilot project at the five school resource centres here from the upcoming academic session.
Aimed at developing life skills within these children,the proposal is directed at integrating them within the society by means of employment and to make them economically independent. In a first at the elementary level,we are planning to provide skill based training to the differently abled students presently enrolled in schools across the city. This is being done to initiate a beginning towards ensuring greater employability for them at later stages of life, says Nidhi,Assistant Coordinator with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) Inclusive Education.
She says that the pre-vocational courses will help the students identify their interests at an early stage and be able to pursue them further when they get out of the school. Presently,the Education Department has five resource centres for the CWSN students at GMSSS-8,GSSS-15,38 West,45 and GMHS-28 and an official communication has been sent to them regarding the arrangements that need to be made for initiating the courses.
For children with various disabilities,four broad areas have been identified including computer training,art and craft,safety skills and healthcare,and paper bag making. There are to be further activities within these categories that will be determined based on the response and interest expressed by the students. Trained vocational trainers will be recruited for the purpose who will work in coordination with fifteen Resource Teachers already working with the department.
The children will be taught in groups of five and classes for the children will be taken by the vocational trainers in the presence of our resource teachers who will act as facilitators, says Nidhi.
She further says that children up to class VIII will be given the training as of now as mostly after that the children either drop out of school or are shifted to special schools. Presently,the reason why many children join a private special school is the presence of vocational training there as compared to government inclusive schools. However,not all families can afford the private schools and will benefit from the training, says Nidhi.
The school resource centres have been asked to ensure parental consent for children attending these classes and that the classes are scheduled on the day of their visit to the school. The duration of each session is stipulated to be two hours. The department officials say that last year,they were approached by some parents of CWSN students who expressed the need for such an initiative.