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CSR Support from ONGC for Accessible Computer Labs

CBM and ONGC staff stands for a photo at the partner organization during the inauguration of accessible computer labs
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in June 2018 by CBM and ONGC towards setting up accessible computer labs in two schools in Agartala

Accessible computer labs are necessary to make quality education a reality for children with disabilities. Hence, the joint venture of CBM and ONGC towards the setting up of accessible computer labs in two schools of Agartala, Tripura.

In a joint venture of ONGC and CBM, two disabled friendly computer labs for children with cross disabilities were inaugurated by Shri. Narendra Chandra Debarma, the Revenue and Fisheries Cabinet Minister, in Agartala yesterday. In a short inauguration ceremony for the new initiative in the city, Shri G K Sinha Roy, ED – Asset Manager of ONGC Tripura, chief officials from ONGC and many young students with and without disabilities participated. 

Both Shri Debarma and Shri Sinha Roy expressed happiness at the venture and extended their full support towards similar projects that would benefit all children despite of their backgrounds or abilities. 
The two disabled friendly computer labs at the Montfort School, Dukli and Ferrando School for Speech and Hearing will directly benefit 935 children from class 1-9. 225 students among them are children with disabilities.
With the installation of accessible pathways, assistive devices with the required software, adapted furniture and the help of trained instructors, the computer labs will be completely accessible for all children with and without disabilities. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), out of the 44.31 million total population of the north eastern region in India, a total of 6.6 million persons are with some form of disability. As per the census of 2011, there are more than 16,000 children with disabilities in Tripura alone. Many of them do not attend schools because of barriers such as inaccessible infrastructures. And even when they do get to a school campus, reasons such as inaccessible doorways and non-disabled friendly furniture and software continue to keep them away from many vital and latest technologies such as computers. 

As part of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, the disabled friendly computer labs will ensure the provision of quality computer education to young students with disabilities, thereby improving their learning outcome and functional capabilities and bringing them up to par with those without disabilities.

The project is a CSR initiative of ONGC and part of CBM’s initiatives towards inclusive education in the North East. CBM is proud to have partnered with ONGC for a project that will transform the lives of children with disabilities. 

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