A two-and-a-half-day training on inclusive sports and recreational activities was organized between 5th (noon) to 7th February 2020 at Jorhat for 69 special educators who are the Resource Persons for various mainstream schools from 4 districts – Jorhat, Golaghat, Sonitpur & Majuli. Three DPO members from Bethany Society also participated in the programme.
The training comprised of half a day orientation to the trainees covering the topics like benefit of inclusive sports and promotion of inclusive sports in mainstream schools. Videos demonstrating inclusive/unified sports were also played.
Key messages through the program included promoting inclusion of children with disabilities in mainstream sports and need for creating awareness among different stakeholders on the inclusion of children with disabilities in sports and recreation.
On the second day, participants were trained on the rules of unified sports in football, bocce, badminton and relay. Each game was explained in detail.
The team was further guided to form sports committees to support performance of the events. Organizing committee, equipment management committee and awards committee were among the few that were created.
Children from the local government primary and secondary schools participated along with children with disabilities from Prerona Centre – Jorhat. The event was flagged off by the Headmistress of Carmel School Sr. Monica.
The sports events commenced with an inclusive march past followed by an inclusive football match, bocce ball match and inclusive relay.
It was the first of its kind event which gave self-confidence to both children with and without disabilities. The rural children from the government schools had the opportunity to enjoy the event along with their peers.
Every child who participated was given a T-shirt donated by Prerona and every child received a medal irrespective of the winning individual/team.
The programme helped in creating a sense of self – confidence, self-satisfaction of participating and getting awards in children with and without disabilities.
The Carmel school which hosted the event has now decided to organize such sports every month at their school premises inviting other children with disabilities from Prerona and other special schools.