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National Symposium on ‘Fostering Inclusive Education & Right to Education’

Seva-in-Action, SNAC-Karnataka of NT organized two days symposium with the objective of   sharing   micro   level   interventions by practitioners and education sector to understand how children with disabilities are included and how are they learning with their peers who may not have such disabilities. This also shared what has been tried, what works and what are the challenges involved in inclusion of these children in mainstream education. This symposium also discussed the RTE model and draft rules of few states and modalities of implementation through a collective effort.

This was held on 12th & 13th September 2011 at NGV Club, National Games Village, Koramangala, Bangalore, Karnataka. The part of this programme was sponsored by NT. Total 67 participants including resource persons registered for the symposium and they are from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Maharastra, Chattisgarh and New Delhi. The participants represented from NT registered organizations, NGOs, Govt. Officials from Education Department, HMs from main stream schools both Govt. & Pvt., Parents, Teachers & Principals from Pvt. mainstream Schools and special schools.

The symposium was inaugurated on 12th September 2011, Monday at 10:30 am by Mrs. Poonam Natarajan, Chair Person, NT, MSJ and E, GOI by lighting the lamp and she delivered a Keynote address on ‘Inclusion’. She also chaired the session on ‘Inclusive Practices in Govt. Schools’ on 12th and she shared about RTE and New legislation of rights of pwds on 13th.

The two days symposium was concluded with releasing the book ‘Understanding Inclusive Practices in Schools – Examples of Schools from India’ was released by the Chief Guest Shri. Kumar G. Naik, Secretary, Pri & Sec Education, Govt. of Karnataka and he handed over Braille copies of the released book to Mr. Rajan & Ms. Deepti. He addressed the participants and assured that he will initiate actions to bring the policy for education of children with disabilities in Karnataka.