Essays, poster comp to mark World Disability Day in CBSE schools
Nagpur: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked schools to hold special events in an effort to mark World Disability Day on Thursday. The Board's joint director T Sudarshan Rao wrote to schools stressing on the importance of creating awareness and helping to create empathy towards those students who are physically challenged.
"The aim of observing World Disability day at school is to motivate and engage students from school age to develop an empathetic understanding towards the day to day challenges faced by children with disability in their personal social academic and recreational aspects of life. Therefore, the Board desires that the schools may organize various activities during World Disability Day on December 3 reflecting the aforementioned theme," he said.
The theme of 'World Disability Day'- for this year is 'Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities'.
CBSE has suggested that for Std VI to VIII, schools can have a slogan writing competition on 'Prevention of Discrimination — Equitable Opportunities' and poster making on 'Empowerment for Person with Disability',
For Std IX — X it can be elocution on 'Human Rights and Disability' and even street play on 'Participation of Persons with Disability in building a nation'. For Std XI-XII it can be a debate on 'Inclusion vs Marginalization' and essay writing on 'Disability Provisions in India'.
"These activities may be conducted in the school to create awareness about the role of inclusive education in reducing discrimination and providing equitable opportunity and access for all," he said.
Some schools in the city were anyway planning to have events related to it and this circular from CBSE sent very late in the day, has only made it more of an official event. Schools which hold the event have been asked to send a short report on the activities conducted.
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons was proclaimed in 1992, by a United Nations General Assembly resolution. The observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights, and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.