Over the past 1 year, Akshar Arambha Nepal achieved several goals.
-We have formed 5 members one inclusive education consultation discussion forum.
-We have two disability self-help groups with local resource mobilization necessary skills.
-We able to enroll 31 physically and 1 low vision disabled children in the mainstream school.
-We printed 1500 brochures in which the importance of inclusive education was explained.
That significantly helped us in inclusive education local campaign. The goal of the campaign was to create awareness and to motivate the parents to have their disabled children enrolled into regular schools. Through this campaign we were able to enroll 32 disabled students in the school. For continuation of their school education we have modified school infrastructure to build least restrictive environment in school. i.e. commode, spray pipe and grabber handle in toilet for disability access, accessible chairs for disabled student in the classroom; speech competition, essay, article and story writing about disability and inclusive education, training for teachers to reduce bullying in the school. We are also processing to build 10 feet height and 120 feet length ramp in the school collaborating with NFD-N (a local NGO).
Last but not least the inter self-help group conference helped us to raise awareness about disability and the importance of education for them or bring out their potential. Because of all these activities in Thali school catchment area we “Akshar Arambha Nepal” has awarded by appreciation letter from hon. President Bidya Devi Bhandari and School team.
The challenges that we are facing:
i. One challenge we faced a lot to implement inclusive education in mainstream school. It needs to moderate school infrastructure, reconstruct, train and orientation stakeholders in the school. I.e. there is urgent needfor10 feet high and 120feet longramp which cost around 25 hundred thousand NPR. (USD 25,000) But we have very limited resource. For this we need funds and we have been searching for support from different agencies and INGOs to continue our campaign.
ii. We are doing our best for inclusive education in mainstream schools. However currently we do not have sufficient marketing/ communication skills to enlarge our campaign. We need marketing and web communication support volunteer to reach to donors. Now, we are searching for such volunteer.
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