‘Society becoming more sensible towards Persons with Disabilities’

Samagra Shiksha Mission staffs with Government Middle School for CWSN, Lerie during orientation programme for CWSN on December 5. (Morung Photo)

Samagra Shiksha Mission staffs with Government Middle School for CWSN, Lerie during orientation programme for CWSN on December 5. (Morung Photo)

Morung Express news 
Kohima | December 5 

An orientation programme on Children with Special Needs (CWSN) was organised at Government Middle School for CWSN, Lerie on December 4. 

State Mission Director Samagra Shiksha Nagaland, Temsunaro Aier, IAS opined that today the society is becoming more sensible towards Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) unlike the past when PwDs, especially from their childhood were kept in isolation when one or other form of disability was identified on them. 

Although, society as a whole is yet to accept this vulnerable section, Aier underscored that change in perception should start from schools and it is very important for teachers to be trained on Inclusive Education. 

Despite the need for more trained professionals in this sector, the Mission Director expressed that it was practically difficult for the government to employ and engage special educators in all the schools across Nagaland. She said’ employment of teachers have reached a saturation and therefore, was imperative for the government teachers to get trained and acquainted on the know-how.’

In this regard, she said the Ministry has proposed to first sensitise the faculty and later train those already in service. These training are given to teachers so that they can identify disabilities which cannot be identified directly and give them the correct intervention in the classroom, Aier said. 

The Mission Director asked the teacher to focus on the abilities of the students and added that, the school children come from different background and with various abilities, but it was upto the teachers on how they identify them. 

The school was also acknowledged for approaching the Samagra Shiksha to conduct the training. 

The resource persons Nugshisenla Ozukum, Inclusive Education Resource Person (IERP), Zunheboto spoke on Understanding Autism Spectrum and State Co-ordinator, Inclusive Education (IE), Samagra Shiksha Sesula Thira spoke on Specific Learning Disability (SLD), Universal Design Learning (UDL), and PRASHAST App. The app is a Disability Screening Checklist for Schools’ booklet and mobile app which covers 21 disabilities, including the benchmark disabilities as per the RPwD Act 2016. This initiative facilitates early screening, leading to certification of Children with disabilities, as per the provisions of Samagar Shiksha. It is a step towards realising the vision of Equitable and Inclusive Education, of NEP 2020, RPwD Act, 2016, RTE Act, 2009 and Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The programme was chaired by Imlimenla Ao, IERP and Meduhele Solo, Chairman School Management Committee, GMS, CWSN.