Saturday, 16 April 2016
Nagaland government launches 'RAISE' for children with special needs
The Secretary to Government of Nagaland for Social Welfare Department, Dellirose M. Sakhrie launched the Regional Action on Inclusive Education (RAISE) Northeast on Tuesday.
The Secretary to Government of Nagaland for Social Welfare Department, Dellirose M. Sakhrie launched the Regional Action on Inclusive Education (RAISE) Northeast on Tuesday, so as to provide holistic support to children with special needs.
According to newspaper reports, Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM), Light for the World and Liliane Fonds are the three international agencies supporting the project. 15 NGOs will be implementing the project in five states of the region.This project has been started to complement the programme of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan on inclusive education to improve the quality of education for children with disabilities in government and government-supported schools in selected districts of Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura.
M. Sakhrie also asked people not to discriminate those with special needs. While observing that Nagaland has about 29,000 people with special needs, she also said that social stigma about disabled people should be taken away.
''It is not only the responsibility of the government but the society should also take the initiative towards empowering the people or children with special needs by providing education and help them live as responsible citizens'', she said.
The launch was done at Hotel Japfu. RAISE North East director, Bibhu Dutta Sahu and SSA representative gave speeches regarding the same, while parents of children with special needs also gave testimony. Earlier, invocation prayer was pronounced by TPM Kohima, Pastor Felix and welcome speech was delivered by CBS principal D Adani. Zeneilenuo Solo offered the vote of thanks.
Source: India Today , 14th April 2016