Teachers bring new light in the lives of children with special needs and are the torchbearers of change at Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan. In addition to educating these differently-abled children, they are also bringing a positive change in their lives and guide them in their overall development. All energies, attention and care of these teachers revolve around these differently-abled children. Here’s a look at the inclusive education model adopted at the school from a teacher’s perspective.
Therefore, six teachers were identified who represent the #WaveOfChange initiative. The first agent of change is Mrs. Kamal, who has been working at the school for the past six years, but her enthusiasm is child-like and commitment unshakable. While at work, she enjoys a special bond with her students and when it comes to being a teacher, she doesn’t hesitate to employ a little assertiveness to guide them the right way.
Student’s trust, respect and confidence define her working strategy at this special school for mentally challenged children. During her time at school, she spends time with kids, gives them proper guidance and enjoys the joys and satisfaction of doing something meaningful for the society. She believes that every child is blessed with some talent and it is her job to identify the talent and give it a platform.
At MBCN, teachers organize numerous events and competitions at classroom to inter-school levels. For the recently held Raksha Bandhan celebrations, the students participated in Rakhi making and celebrated the festival.
It’s a ritual every Friday that the school organizes a two-hour long Bal Sabha for special children where they are given full freedom to sing & dance, recite poems or do whatever they like. Teachers whole-heartedly encourage all the children to participate in such events and more often than not, talent does shine through.
Such an environment has made MBCN a second home for its students. Children just love to come to school and this makes a big difference to their lives and our initiative.
According to Mrs. Kamal one success story at the school is that of Meghana, an artist whose paintings are exhibited by Action For Autism at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. Many of her artworks have been sold and this has certainly provided recognition to her talent and empowered her financially.
The school also focuses on enhancing the skill-sets of these special children through vocational training. The vocational training center at MBCN helps the children learn to make decorative paper-bag, jewelry-box, sweet/ chocolate box, utility box etc. and making decorative envelopes, notepads, bookmarks, etc. This handmade stationary is sold in shops as well as supplied to retail vendors and earns them stipend too. This training transforms their lives and makes them an earning member of the society.
Apart from teachers, Mrs. Kamal says, parents also play a crucial role in the transformation of students at MBCN. Teachers at this unique school share a close and continual relationship with the parents and make sure that school’s teachings are reinforced at home. Parents are encouraged to meet and interact with teachers, whenever needed. This is encouraged to develop a collaborative approach and attune the atmosphere at school and home for total development of children.
As a part of Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, she feels that the school for special children in Delhi NCR is doing wonderful work in the field of special education at a big scale! Our charitable special school runs in two shifts and caters to close to 1000 special children; and the list is getting g longer.