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Include Vidya Campaign – Madhya Pradesh

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Honourable Education Minister Sh. Paras Chandra Jain addresses the participants in the culmination event on February 24, 2015 in Bhopal.

To understand what children think about children with disabilities and inclusive education CBM reached out to 1500 children. The culmination event was organised on February 24, 2015 in which government officials set a target to reach out to 10,000 children with disabilities.

Include Vidya Campaign in Madhya Pradesh

Include Vidya Campaign in Madhya Pradesh was organised by Naman Seva Samiti (NSS) in partnership with CBM INDIA. The campaign was implemented in three stages. (1) A study to analyse the situation of inclusive education in mainstream schools. (2) District level workshops and training members of DPOs to emphasise on the role of the community in inclusive education. (3)The culmination event in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh on the 24th Feb 2015 where recommendations for inclusive education were developed and handed it over to government officials.

Study to analyse inclusive education system in Madhya Pradesh

As part of the Include Vidya campaign in Madhya Pradesh, a survey was conducted to understand what children think about their counterparts with disabilities and inclusive education.  A questioner was developed, covering various aspects of inclusive education and needs of children with disabilities and a survey was conducted in 15 schools of Chatarpur, Tikamgar, Murena, Bhind, Chhindwara, Indore, Khandwa, Dhar & Badwani. 
Outcome of the study
As per the results of the study, there is a need to change attitudes towards disability and this is not possible without the support of teachers and school management.  It is necessary to sensitize teachers and school management about the importance of education for children with disabilities. 

District level workshops

Districts level workshops were organised in association with livelihood forums in Barwani, Khandwa and Chhatarpur on inclusive education for children with disabilities in their particular community. The purpose of these workshops  was to build the capacity of DPO members on inclusive education and its importance to address the issues of children with disabilities. Information on Rights of Education Act and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) are also shared in the workshop. After the workshop, it was agreed that they would also raise this issue and sensitive parents to send their children to mainstream schools. 

The culmination event

The include Vidya campaign come to an end in Madhya Pradesh with a culmination event on February 24, 2015. Mr. Paras Chandra Jain, Minister – School Education; Mr. K.P.S. Tomar, District Educational Officer; Prof. Gautham, Head of Department of Sociology, Bharkatulla University; and other government officials were present at the event. They expressed their willingness to collaborate to reach 10,000 children with disabilities in the region and support them in education. There was a big representation of DPO members from 12 organizations, recommendations were developed for the participants and the same will be handed over to relevant agencies. 

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