Now that the law has changed and Inclusive Education is the norm, the character of our classrooms is changing. Both teachers and students will hopefully be interacting with a segment of the population that has so far been invisible.
We believe, that the schools of the future will be truly inclusive with a diversity of all kinds including disabilities amongst students as well as the teaching cadre. Since the essence of what we do at Trinayani, lies in educating the masses, we firmly believe this is something that must be embedded into formal education. And so, in March 2020, we launched our TOWARDS INCLUSION DISABILITY AWARENESS GAME KIT. Developed by Ritika Sahni, Trainer, Disability Inclusion Consultant, NGO Trinayani, Mumbai and Padma Shastry, Inclusive Education Specialist, Samam Vidya, Bangalore, the Game kit includes, 6 thrilling Card Games, a Workbook and an Answer booklet.
While children have already interacted with children of other faiths, gender, languages, regions and other kinds of diversities, interaction with children with disabilities has been nil and insignificant at its best. We are hoping that children with visible and invisible disabilities will be in classrooms, and for all to benefit from such a diverse and inclusive scenario, this kit will be beneficial.
It aims to impart values, provide appropriate information and change attitudes in low pressure and fun way. However, it is not just kids who are unfamiliar with disabilities. Not all adults will have interacted with people with disabilities either. Teachers might need help to understand the issues, barriers, language and other facets of disability as well.
It was formally launched at the Teachers Task Force conducted by TeachersHelpTeachers at Mount Litera International School, Mumbai on 2nd Feb 2020 in the presence of Mehara Goel – Primary Head – Fazlani International School, Jyoti Ramachandran- HM, Mahapragya Public School, Kusum Kanwar- Head – Billabong Preschool, Zarin Virji – Principal – Universal International School –Tardeo, Joy Chauhan – Principal – Thakur International School and Kavita Sanghvi – Principal – CNM School
It is now available for use in schools for familiarizing non-disabled students with various facets of disability.
We are indebted to our friend Shaheen Desai who so magnanimously connected us to Little Big World, Germany especially Ms Assal Badiyi, who then facilitated the donation from The German Consulate, Mumbai towards the printing of 750 kits
We also thank our supporters, especially Dr Asmita Huddar of Hashu Advani College of Special Education for her valuable input and to friends who gave ideas for improvements, participated in early play sessions for testing and generally played cheer-leading roles during the development process.
It was a year-long development process and a labour of love and passion for the developers. We hope to see it disseminated widely, and used to raise awareness of disability issues among the non-disabled population.
We are available to conduct training workshops for teachers in the use of the game kit with their students. If your school is interested in getting the game kits, do contact us, and we’ll set up a training session. Every training session comes with 2 free game kits, enough for a class of approximately 40 kids.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Towards Inclusion!