The Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS), a global NGO seeking to bring a dynamic spirituality into material life, has rolled out a comprehensive education project aimed at identifying children with learning disabilities and helping them achieve their academic potential.
The initial phase of the programme included a three-day workshop of 70 teachers, which focused on identifying children with learning disabilities and how to meet their academic and spiritual needs.
The families of children with learning difficulties are also empowered to help the child inside and outside of the learning environment.
This is the first programme of its kind in South India and the SAS hope it will create more inclusive care for children with learning difficulties in the classroom and in society as a whole.
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Pradeep Narang, chairman of Sri Aurobindo Society, told The Hindu: “For the last decade or so, we have been on a quest for providing children an equal opportunity of education. Sri Aurobindo Society has introduced its comprehensive mental health education programme for government schools of Puducherry. In South India, this project will be the first of its kind”.
The programme will focus on teacher empowerment, vision and insight development among government decision-makers; leadership skills for education administration; management skills for principals and finally participation of school management committees which represent parents and the community.
It also aims to establish an education system based on deeper human values and empowering children to be fulfilled, happy and life-long learners.
This, it is hoped, will be achieved through working with with governments, thought leaders, institutions and entrepreneurs to transform education, in line with Hindi principles.