Samagra Shiksha Therapy Camp
The Union Budget, 2018-19, has proposed to treat school education holistically without segmentation from pre-nursery to Class 12. Samagra Shiksha - an overarching program for the school education sector extending from pre-school to class 12 has been, therefore, prepared with the broader goal of improving school effectiveness measured in terms of equal opportunities for schooling and equitable learning outcomes.
The vision of the SSA Scheme is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education from pre-school to senior secondary stage in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for Education. SDG 4.5 states that “By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations”
At Aash we partnered with the District Institute of Education and Traning ( DIET ) at Jarad, Kullu to implement the Therapy Camp for children with varied disabilities. 70 children and their parents participated in the 10-day therapy camp at Aash Child Development Center.
The children were from the age group 2yrs to 17years old. The diagnosis was Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delays, Muscular Dystrophy, Hearing Impairments, Cleft Lip, Downs Syndrome and Intellectual Disability.
While the focus of the camp was to provide children with therapeutic intervention for their specific difficulties, equal attention was given to traning and educating parents on how they can support the child at home.
Children will continue to visit Aash post the Therapy Camp for continues support. Its been a full house the 10 days, on an average 40 children,40 parents, 80 sessions, 4 Therapists, 6 Special Educators.
There is still a long way to go till we reach every child in the mountain valley of Kullu who needs support for Inclusion.
Partnering with The Education department has been an eye-opener, there are brilliant plans and programs aimed at inclusion by the government. Due to lack of ou resources, they don't get implemented. Partnerships between NGO and Government agencies are the way forward.
At Samphia we believe in Collaboration, after all, Alone we can do so little, together so much!