The inaugural ceremony for inclusive classroom was held on February 7th 2017 in the presence of the Founder Member, Executive Director, staff, Parents and well wishers of Shishu Sarothi. School uniforms and bags were distributed among the children.
Shishu Sarothi in an innovative measure initiated reverse inclusion through the Centre for Inclusive Education with the support of Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative by enrolling 13 disabled children along with 17 non-disabled children for the academic session 2017-18.
Reverse inclusion is the process of including typically developing children in a special education classroom in very low grades (e.g., Play group). Through the Centre for Inclusive Education, Shishu Sarothi is providing free and quality education to the marginalized and underprivileged children with and without disabilities thereby ensuring that children from weaker sections are not left out and receives good quality education. The Play Group classroom is well equipped with appropriate teaching learning materials, trained montessori teachers, special educators and caregivers. It motivates them to improve their communication skills, due to both increased communication and strong modeling from their peers. Inclusive classrooms help combat stereotypes about people with disabilities and students without disabilities benefit by building friendship that often lasts outside of the classroom setting, they improve their own social skills, build empathy and learn early in life to respect human diversity.
Inclusive classroom (Playgroup)
Well wishers of ShishuSarothi donating bags to the children