Muktsar Sahib, Aug 11 : The Inclusive Education for Differently-abled project (IED), which is being run by the Punjab Government with the aim of providing equal educational opportunities to children with special needs, proving a boon for such children. Under ‘Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan’ disabled children are getting free education and other facilities through schools and special resource centre/ rooms in the district.
District Education Officer (DEO) Malkeet Singh Khosa said that under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner M K Aravind Kumar, a total of 2166 special needs children have been identified, out of which 2086 children are getting free education in different schools. He said that under the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act 2016, children between the ages of 6 and 18 should be enrolled in a nearby school or special school and they have the right to free education.
Under this project there are special resource centre /rooms in district in which children get education through disabled friendly activities. District Inclusive Education Resource Person Amargurpreet Singh Bedi said that a total of 320 children are being taught in district level Special Resource Centre and 28 resource rooms. He stated that a total of 14 inclusive education resource teachers and 29 inclusive education volunteers are providing services for children with special needs. UNI