Spring Daleans step into the shoes of special children to bat for inclusive education
Just how would you feel if you are compelled to go through life without a vital limb or organ or are forced to live with some challenge? “Not good,” responded the students of Spring Dale Senior School, when posed the query, which they were called upon to answer to after indulging in an activity titled ‘Walking in their Footsteps’ that required them to step into the shoes of their differently-abled counterparts.
Consequently, all through the week from November 28 to December 2, Spring Daleans from different classes were seen walking around the premises blindfolded, gagged, their legs tied and arms bandaged and with their friends acting as helpers and guides to try and feel what their friends with distinctive needs experience on being deprived of physical, intellectual and material assets available to their other schoolmates.
On Wednesday morning saw several young Spring Daleans walking into the school grounds with either their eyes blindfolded, or one leg or arm bandaged or gags on their mouths to try and experience what their special friends went through daily. Besides this, the special students shared the stage with their hearty counterparts not just to sensitize their colleagues about their challenges, but also to showcase their unique abilities.
Giving details, Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that titled ‘Walking in their footsteps’, the week-long activity, was based on CBSE’s theme ‘Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities’, and witnessed the wholehearted participation of students from grades III to XI.
“A few classes also have stories in their syllabus that inspire students to be sensitive towards the needs of their special classmates,” Mr Sharma said. He maintained that this activity was a part of the inclusive education endeavour of the school, which aims at empowering students irrespective of their gender, background, strengths and weaknesses, by providing them with the best of education.
“As there is very little awareness about children with various challenges, there is need for more knowledge and training in educational institutions particularly schools so that all kinds of students can be supported and included in the mainstream education,” Mr Sharma maintained.
Stating that special students were as important to the institution as the other students, Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, and Managing Trustee, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that the school was doing its best to impart the best of education to all its students.
“At Spring Dales we take every possible measure to ensure that our special students are not just comfortable and happy, but that they also have access to all the facilities that are available to other students. We reiterate our commitment to be constantly at work as far as upgrading our infrastructure is concerned,” they said.
Spring Dale Senior School