There is a new ray of hope for students with disabilities. A project on inclusive education was launched in Guwahati recently. Regional Action on Inclusion Education (RAISE-NE), a five-year Pilot project initiated to compliment the program of SSA on inclusive Education to improve the quality of education for children with disabilities in government/government-aided schools was launched on April 28, 2016 by Shishu Sarothi, a premier centre for Rehabilitation and Training for Multiple Disability, working in the Northeast.
Shishu Sarothi with other five Partner NGOs Prerona (Jorhat), Mrinal Jyoti (Duliajan) Sacred Hearts (Tezpur), Alphonsa, Bongaigaon and Monfort School, Guwahati will lead the project in Assam.
Arman Ali, Executive Director of Shishu Sarothi welcomed the house and expressed the importance and need of education for children at large and hoped that through this project every child will be reached out he also expressed the importance of SSA in terms of cooperation and support to implement the Project.
The Mission Director of SSA, Assam Thaneshwar Malakar, IAS, who was the chief guest at the Launch Program said that, SSA will extended their full support and cooperation to the project and be an integral part of it. He also expressed that SSA should be a part of Review and Reporting.
Project director of RAISE-NE explained about the project and said that the five-year pilot project to be implemented in Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura is supported by three international NGOs Liliane Fonds, Light for the World and Christoffel Blinden Mission. Providing technical support to some of selected school, to build capacity of government teachers for teaching Children with Disabilities, Monitoring and Promoting inclusive model schools are some of the objectives of the Project informed Sahu. He also emphasised the role of SSA for the success of the project.
Victor Dongel and Jayprakash Sarma, two ex-students of Shishu Sarothi explained how they were denied admissions in regular schools and colleges owing to their disabilities. Victor, presently a degree student of Narengi Anchalik college mentioned that though he had the requisite percentage of marks, he was denied admission in City College, Panjabari in Guwahati because they refused to take the responsibility as the institution was not accessible.
Shishu Sarothi will lead the Advocacy part of the Project and try to create an inclusive environment by removing physical and attitudinal barriers.