3 December isInternational Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD). On this Day class VIII celebrated"a day for all". The classroom environment is like a microcosm of the world and is the most fertile ground to build the mindset for inclusiveness. For India which is home to over 70 million people with disabilities, with few rights, few entitlements, and even fewer opportunities, this day assumes a greater significance, creating visibility and awareness on the issues faced by people with different disabilities before the future citizens.

Conduction: Students were familiar with the terms such as visual& hearing impairment as they had recently covered the topics Light and Sound. Hence, it was easier to introduce them to the meaning of the term ‘disability’. Video clippings of  Deepa Malik, Louis Braille, Helen Keller, Stephen Hawking and also from movies such as Finding Nemo, Tare Zameen per and Wonder were shown to the students to stimulate a brainstorming session. Thereafter, students engaged in activities such as –Smells & Sounds, Poster making, Poem recitation, Braille Dots and Plan a special time with someone special in your community.

The Broad learning outcomes of this activity were-

Students were able to

-recognize the people with disability as important members of the community.

-quote instances of inclusion and segregation in society

-lend creative expression to their thoughts on this issue

 

Significance of this Day-_The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated every year on 3rd December since 1992. Proclaimed and promoted by the United Nations, this international observance is marked the world over to intensify efforts aimed at sustained effective action with a view to improving the situation of persons with disabilities.

‘Let us remove physical and cultural barriers, build resilient societies and create opportunities that truly leave no one behind.’-_ António Guterres, UN Secretary-General

December 10, 2020