PRASENJIT SAHA AGARTALA: March 21, 2018 will be a historic day for Tripura. Courtesy Regional Action for Inclusive Education North-East (RAISE-North East). The organization along with a few selected group of SSA schools organised “Ring the Bell”, a campaign to deal with the growing sound pollution menace. Organizers told www.assamtimes.org in Agartala, “Ringing The Bell for One Minute and make Noise aims at making the people aware of the importance of Inclusive Education in schools both private and government.” The programme took place at Nandannagar J B School, SDO Chowmuhuni, Dr. B R Ambedkar High School, Dukli and Janamjay H S School, Belbary as it was jointly organised by Voluntary Health Association of Tripura, Kunjaban, Ferrendo Rehabilitation centre, Nandannagar and Montfort H S School, Champaknagar. School students, Parents, SMC members actively supported by many local leaders and other stockholders were participated during the programme. SSA officials who participated in the programme dwelt at length the inclusive education, School Heads. “Our project started in the year 2016, to complement the flagship program of Sarva Siskha Abhiyan (SSA). RAISE-NE has 15 partners in the North-East in 5 states of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland and Manipur, who will work directly with the SSA of the respective five states with an objective to make 75 SSA school completely inclusive by 2020,” said an official. He said,” we Sensitize the community on the enrolment of children with disability and Send a 'loud' message to politicians and other influential people to really take action to give children with a disability access to education while the media will also cover the campaign.” “Creating awareness among teachers to provide equal opportunities for children with disabilities to participate in class room activities and ensure that these children get adequate learning materials is our another laid down goal,” he said.
Another official said, “ we make the authorities of the school initiate the access audits for all children including children with disabilities as well as create awareness to teachers to actively participate in training programmes and workshops organized by government and development organizations on inclusive education.” According to him, our objective is to ensure that the government officials shall promote local monitoring committees and school management committees to promote quality education and to oversee timely supply of teaching learning materials and assistive devices to children with disabilities.
“Others include increasing enrolment and retention of children with disabilities in mainstream schools, gaining community and parents commitment to ensure inclusive education, ensuring children with disabilities in schools are learning with their peers,” he said.
According to him, they would make the school accessible (Child with disability should be able to access every part of the school) and child friendly apart from ensuring dropouts of children with disabilities in the regular schools due to lack of accessible toilets ramps child friendly classrooms. The NGO further aims at creating awareness on inclusive education created among school authorities, teachers, students and the communities. This is apart from the aim to involve the parents of children with disabilities in the school management committees and promote accessibility for the children with disability. The school management committee will ensure that counselling and guidance programme for teachers and parents to build positive attitudes towards children with disabilities is timely monitored, said another NGO official.
A two days long Indian Classical Dancing festival called Nrityakalpa’14 held on April 26-27 at Bann Theatre, Tezpur. The event was organised by Saptaswa. Since the birth of Saptaswa, they have celebrated Nrityakalpa and this is the fourth year.
This time a bunch of artists with national status has performed in the both days and make pin drop silent to the spectators.The artists are Gobinda Mahanta (Gayan Bayan), Bipul Singha (Manipuri), Puja Gupta (Kathak), Pravakar Goswami ( Sattriya ), Sarbani Nandy (Odissi ), Minu Das & Ritamoni Das (Kathak), Boby Chakraborty ( KuchiPudi) & Dimpy Baishya (Satriya). Apart from these, Kashinath Krishnapriya Institute of performing Art & Saptaswa has also performed in the festival.
In the very first day Swapnanil Baruah, Commissioner of Culture, Govt. of Assam has inaugurated the programme and the second day eminent kathak Guru Dr. Madhurima Goswami has inaugurated the cultural evening by lighting lamp. In her inaugural speech Dr. Goswami said that now a day Indian Classical Dance artists are struggling for their existence which is pathetic and to escape them from this situation the people of our society will have to do a lot. Otherwise will lose our jewels.
On the occasion of Golden Jubilee celebration of SSB, 37th BN.SSB Mangaldai conducted a programme under Perception Management Samajik Chetna Abhiyan for the welfare of population of border areas in Rajagarh area from July 8 to 12. During this programme various activities like study tour for border youths to historical places of Himachal Pradesh, free computer training for 22 border youths, free training to 40 farmers of border areas on agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and bee-keeping etc. Free medical civic action programme, free veterinary civic action, distribution of high quality seeds to poor farmers, stores like Dragon lights, solar lights, sports items, construction of 3 bus waiting sheds, one water tank besides conducting foot ball & volley ball tournaments and cultural programme for promotion of sport and local folk cultural etc. were also undertaken by SSB. Kamali Basumatari,MLA,Paneri attended the programme as the chief guest.She appreciated the role and initiative taken by SSB 37th Bn Mangaldai for undertaking such extremely beneficial projects for poor people of border areas. She distributed above mentioned stores amongst poor people and prizes to winners of foot ball & volley ball tournaments. Similarly certificates were also distributed to the participants who have undergone training on agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and computer etc.
During medical civic action programme 356 patients were treated by SSB doctors. Similarly 2200 nos livestocks were treated by veterinary doctors during veterinary civic action programme and medicines worth Rs.65,000/- distributed free of cost. B.S. Jaswal,CO,37th BN said that SSB had undertaken special drive for recruitment of youths from border districts during June-2013. SSB is also going to sponsor border youths for vocational training and their placements in various industries through reputed NGOs. Prominent citizens of local area expressed their gratitudes to SSB for not only taking care of their security needs but also for undertaking community welfare projects.
To provide purified drinking water to the school children of Dima Hasao, the State Bank of India, under ‘corporate social responsibility’ distributed 'aqua guard' brand of water filters to the schools of Dima Hasao in a simple but solemn function held at the office of the Inspector of Schools, Dima Hasao on Monday.
The distribution ceremony was attended by the Assistant Inspector of Schools, Dima Hasao and several Headmasters and principals of different schools. At present, SBI has covered 30 schools out of 43 Higher Secondary and High schools of Dima Hasao and later on all the schools including ME and LP, the SBI would provide the aqua guard water filters, it is learnt.
Speaking on the occasion Sri Sujit Dey, Chief Manger, SBI Haflong branch said ‘this was a gift to the schools children on the occasion of ‘Children Day’. He also while appreciating the education department and disclosed that the rest of schools would get the filter in a very short time .