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Partner’s Meet Held on Inclusive Education

Dr. Sara addresses the participants at the seminar
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Dr. Sara addresses the representatives from CBM's partner organizations at the seminar.
Quality education is significant for every child, whether or not they have a disability. Nevertheless, the truth is that children with disabilities are often left out of school because of various reasons such as the lack of accessible infrastructures and sensitised teachers. For the past 50 years, CBM has been striving to create inclusive educational settings in India so as to ensure quality education for both children with and without disabilities. With an intention to share its learnings amongst all partner organizations, CBM organized a partners’ meet in Mumbai on the 11th and 12th of April. The seminar brought together 21 partner organizations from 18 states for a discussion on making the education system in India more accessible for children with disabilities. 

The two-day meet held discussions on the Open Basic Education (OBE) programme of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS). The OBE programme allows students to pursue education from 3rd, 5th and 8th grades, while a separate NIOS program is for the 10th graders. OBE provides an opportunity for drop-out students to gain knowledge equivalent to their peers and move into formal education. The program CBM initiated in collaboration with Pratham has resulted in the inclusion of around 1,200 children with disabilities, especially intellectual disabilities, into mainstream schools. Moreover, CBM also supported in designing inclusive educational materials and training modules for parents of children with disabilities, and in providing vocational training to students with disabilities. 

The meeting also provided a platform for the partner organisations to register themselves for the OBE programme, which will enable them to support children with disabilities to access certified educational opportunities from the onset of the next academic year. During the meeting, the NIOS materials were reviewed by the partners and an exposure visit was arranged to the schools were the program is implemented. Partners also visited a digital literacy unit so as to understand how advanced technology can support both children with and without disabilities in receiving quality education.

CBM hopes that more of our partners will see this as an opportunity to work alongside other mainstream schools to include children with disabilities and make our dream of inclusive societies a reality!
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Highlights of 2nd T20 World Cup for blind 2017 finals

The highlights of T20 World Cup for the blind finals held at Chinnaswamy Stadium Bengaluru, India


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