VOLUME 1 - 2018

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A CALL FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION: WIDENING OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPECIALLY-ABLED CHILDREN

Are children suffering from disability kept away from mainstream education? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Access to education is the greatest challenge for specially-abled children. Lack of general awareness amongst parents and educators alike is one of the factors that hinders their academic growth. Parents of other children are not always in favour of their children studying with special children in the same class. They are thus shepherded off to special schools and hardly manage to get admission in mainstream schools.

According to the 2011 Census, there were almost 27 million people in India living with a disability – an increase of 22.4 percent between 2001 and 2011. For a population of this size, a minimum of 15 lakh special educators is required to address their needs in the true sense. Their education should be directed towards their employability in future; hence there is a crucial need to inculcate in them the required skills and knowledge.

Smile On Wheels In Udhampur: Redefining Healthcare In The Hills

Smile On Wheels In Udhampur: Redefining Healthcare In The Hills

With all the good doctors being poached away by big hospitals in big cities, there is an immense dearth of qualified medical professionals in smaller towns, and it is nearly impossible for village dwellers to find the medical attention they need due to the dearth of such facilities in remote locations. The government medical facilities cannot keep up with the large-scale patient influx without some outside assistance.

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Earning Respect For Family Is Poonam's Swabhiman

Whether you fall or fail, whether you cry or sob, all you can look forward to is that your father believes in you. He picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again. My father will always be my hero. For years, my father has worked on daily wages and with the little money that he earned; he could only afford two-time food for the three of us. Every month, the landlord would threaten us to leave the house if we don’t pay the rent on time. But, despite the struggles, he never gave up on his dream to educate me. He wanted to send me to school, to educate me.

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Earning Respect For Family Is Poonam's Swabhiman

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