News Nation brings you special coverage on the rights of divyang or differently-abled via exclusive show - Sab Dikhta Hai. Today's episode focuses on the divyang children's equal right to education.
The special series tries to bring political and civil stakeholders on the same platform and instill awareness on the issues related to a crucial section of our society. This programme will make you realise that disability is a construct of the mind.
In the last episode, we shared the story of strong will and conviction of the students of Rajasthan's Govt Sr Sec Blind School.
In today's episode, News Nation panel investigates the implementation of inclusive education of blind children under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan or education for all programme.
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Here are the highlights of the show:
#News Nation calls on people to donate eyes to give gift of sight
#Education policy needs to be updated to take out issues faced by differently-abled students
#Lack of initiation in sports during high school takes away blind student's opportunities in university to participate and shine in sports: Panellist
#Lack of proper orientation in an inclusive school during induction hampers the child's chances of succeeding later: Dr Kusum Lata, DU Professor
#Only 12 per cent blind students benefit from higher education due to social and infrastructural constraints
#Govt provides a one-time fund of Rs 15,000 for technological aids like a digital cane, audio recorder, smartphone. However, does not even give subsidy for higher end educational instruments like scanners and special laptops. There is in fact 5% GST on these items.
#It is important for society to sensitized, the state and public both have to be sensitive and accepting towards the needs of specially abled: Social scientist Prof Badri Narayan
#It should be made mandatory to teach special education skills within the BEd diploma and degree: Panellist
#Dr Kusum Lata, DU Professor says several students drop out because of lack of facilities
#Schools under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan or special schools lack infrastructure, teachers and special educators, hindering process o education for blind students
# Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan requires schools to have special teachers for Braille in each school which is not happening for now: Activist
#According to latest stats available, India has 3 Lakh 90 thousand blinds, adding 30,000 every year
#India has majority of world's blind people, especially children