Prerak

Project Theme

Education

Target Group

Women

Project Period

01 Apr 2014 - 31 Mar 2015

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Introduction

Children with disabilities are the most stigmatized, discriminated and excluded from the mainstream education. Parents have felt that the teachers, support staff and the school authorities are not aware about disabilities and sensitive towards the needs of children with disabilities. Discrimination against them has serious consequences: it affects self-esteem, leads to poor health, severely limits access to education and future work opportunities, and excludes them from early learning and play. Just 20% of the disabled children have been issued disability certificates, the basic document needed to access everything — from education and healthcare to job reservation and all manner of welfare schemes. Children who are disabled find it difficult to enter school, negotiate its infrastructure, keep pace and continue education, and often face ridicule and shame in the hands of fellow students and school management.

Impact by partner
  • Prerak with the support from Sights Savers has run a project for five years in the field area and has been able to ensure rights of Visually Impaired Children in schools.
  • Prerak has been able to create an environment to attract the disabled tribal students to the schools
  • Retention rate of the disabled students has increased in field area.

Case Study

Vijaya Kumar Banjare, S/o-Kailash Ram Banjare of Kumhi village, PO-Koma, District-Gariaband is visually impaired since childhood. When his mother was expected to give him birth, she was frequently falling sick. With growing years, he gradually lost his eyesight. Today he is 12 years old and not able to see anything. Though he can do some daily work on his own like brushing, bathing and taking food, but yet he is not completely acquainted with the environment around him. His parents are marginal farmers and earn their livelihood from agriculture and labour.He has two siblings who are also visually impaired. He didn’t have any access to education or any facilities provided by Govt.

With the help of PRERAK he was being taken to doctor who certified him as 80 percent disable. Prior to this he has availed other services from PRERAK such as reading through brail technique. Further his parents were informed and oriented about the RTE act and various Govt schemes and facilities in force for the disabled. Thus his parents were convinced and Vijaya was admitted to Kumhi middle school. Today he is studying 6th class. Since he has an inclination towards music, he along with his family often takes part in village function and Ramayana etc

PRERAK has planned to provide him training on Activity Daily Living skill (ADLS), Daily Living Skills (DLS) and Orientation Monitoring (OM) to help him become self dependent and get acquainted with the environment around him. Further with the help of disable certificate, he will be assisted to avail various entitlements and student scholarship so that he can create his own identity and live a dignified life in society.