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A fest of inclusion

Mr. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, distributing hearing aid to a young girl at Inclusive Mela in Shillong.
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Mr. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, distributing hearing aid to a young girl at Inclusive Mela in Shillong.

CBM India and partners in Meghalaya brought together ministers, state officials and NGOs for a strong show of support for the rights of people with disabilities and access to education for children with disabilities on 8th October as a part of Include Vidya Campaign.

Meghalaya’s state capital Shillong witnessed a high powered event, bringing together policy makers, government officials, state level non-governmental organisations and artists, as a part of CBM India’s Include Vidya Campaign.
 
A multi-stakeholder partnership that drives the campaign was on display at a daylong ‘inclusive mela’ held in the Bethany Society Complex on 8th October. The activities at the fest were focused on sharing critical messages on the need for children with disabilities being able to access their right to education just like their non-disabled peers.
 
Include Vidya Campaign complements the National Sarva Sikhsa Abhiyan to achieve ‘Education for All’. It aims to garner stronger commitment from the policy makers towards inclusive education by creating evidence on the current gaps in inclusive education. The five-year campaign will increase enrolment and retention of children with disabilities, support communities and parents to take ownership and ensure that children with disabilities are in mainstream schools.
 
As the day progressed, various speakers from the government shared the details of policies and schemes that are on the anvil to ensure access to opportunities, dignity and participation for people with disabilities.
 
Mr. Krishan Pal Gurjar, Minister of State, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India, highlighted that the central government has been very proactive in taking decisions, and formulating schemes, on entitlements of people with disabilities.
 
“Children with disabilities are seen as ‘dependents’ and we need to change this by empowering them to be rather seen as a support for the family,” he said.     
 
Highlighting a focus on an increase in resource allocation for schemes related to people with disabilities, the minister said that 10 percent of all the budget allocation on disability will be made in the northeastern states.
 
“It is the right of people with disabilities to be given an identity and provided access to all the entitlements. The time of shame and stigma is over… it is now time to provide justice to people with disabilities,” said Ms. Ampareen Lyngdoh, Urban Affairs Minister, Government of Meghalaya. 
 
Mr. Lov Verma, Secretary Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, mentioned that a bill is proposed for discussion during the Winter Session of Parliament to enhance number of disabilities recognized under law from seven to 19.   
 
Mr. Awanish K. Awasthi, Joint Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, MSJE; Ms. C. Kharkongor, Commissioner, Persons with Disabilities, Government of Meghalaya; Ms. Aparajita Dhar, Programme Director, CBM; Dr. A.K. Sinha, Director, AYJNIHH, Mumbai and Mr. Carmo Noronha, Director, Bethany Society were among the others present at the event.
 
CBM India partners have been organising public events like inter-school recitations, art exhibitions and inter-college debates and signature campaigns in different districts to raise awareness on inclusive education.
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