The National Convention on Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs/disabilities was held in New Delhi today. The objective of the convention was to evolve strategies that will further the right of differently- abled children to free and compulsory education within an inclusive system.
For realizing the right to education of children with special needs within the education system of our country, the Convention came up with various innovative suggestions. The primary objectives of the convention were:
- Identifying the specific concerns of children with special needs/disabilities within the larger context of education related debates
- Evaluating the status of inclusive education specifically against the backdrop of Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009
- Drawing up recommendations for enforcing the Right to Education of children with special needs/disabilities within the education system of India.
- Evolving new strategies in order to consolidate the current education system and make it more inclusive for differently-abled children.
The issue of education of differently-abled children was discussed against the backdrop of larger educational issues while deliberating on the following four themes:
- Enhancing enrolment and preventing dropouts
- Curriculum, assessment and CCE
- Improving the quality of education and
- Data, Governance and Grievance redressal
As part of preparations for the National Convention, a children's conclave was organized by the Commission on 3rd September 2014, at India International Center (IIC) in order to have a broader understanding of the views and opinions of children with special needs, who are the key stakeholders in Inclusive education.
The Secretary of Department of School Education, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Shri R.Bhattacharya and Ms Stuti Kacker, Secretary Department of Disability Affairs, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment addressed everybody present at the Convention. The Convention saw a host of experts, teachers, officials of the Government of India and State Government, members of School Management Committees, and other organizations in attendance.