December 3rd has been declared to be celebrated as the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Schools under the CBSE board have observed the day to create awareness about IDPD and to motivate and engage students from school age to develop an empathetic understanding towards day to day challenges faced by children with disability in their personal, social, academic and recreational aspects of life. It is a very important step taken by the schools under CBSE that would create greater awareness in the society.
The circular that was passed asked all heads of affiliated institutes by D.T Sudharsan Rao, CBSE, Joint Secretary and in charge (Academic and Training) schools have been asked to hold multiple activities on the day. The activities include Slogan writing on ‘Prevention of Discrimination-Equitable Opportunities’ and poster making on ‘Empowerment for persons with disability’ for classes VI to VIII, elocution on ‘Human rights and disability street play on ‘Participation of persons with disability in building a nation’ for classes IX-X. Senior classes have hold debate on ‘Inclusion vs marginalization’ and essay writing on ‘Disability provisions in India’.
This year the theme of IDPD is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities” and keeping this in mind, CBSE has directed for the conduct of activities reflecting the theme of 2015 to create awareness about the role of inclusive education in reducing discrimination and providing equitable opportunity and access for all. This effort has a long way and go and we expect that many more boards follow such example.
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