Bhubaneswar 28/3 ( Odisha Samachar/Abhisek Mohanty) : Education on simple hygienic practices should be provided to the children with special needs, which can help in preventing a number of diseases, said Director for welfare of persons with disability Bibhuti Bhusan Patnaik, while addressing the state level sharing workshop on “Inclusive WASH Curriculum” jointly organized by Pragati Jubak Sangha Chandabali, and Institute of Social Work & Research Bhubaneswar with the support of Water Aid.
Speaking on the occasion Regional Manager of Water Aid Bisakha Bhanja emphasised on the basic opportunities on use of water and sanitation facilities for the children with special needs in school environment, in absence of which the retention rate is seriously affected.
General Secretary of ISWAR Sanyas Behera said “Water, sanitation and hygiene are the most essential elements of our daily life. The vulnerable sections like persons with disability are deprived of teaching and learning materials relating to water sanitation and hygiene. After the ratification of the UN Convention on water, WASH became a matter of right for all including the children with special needs”.
He added that the inclusive WASH curriculum is an attempt to teach the basic hygienic skills in the alternative format for those who are deprived of reading and understanding the normal text books being followed under the State education system. Designing an alternative curriculum in appropriate Braille, Sign language and Audio format is the basic objective of this workshop, Behera informed.
The inclusive WASH curriculum in specialized Braille, Audio and Sign language format were released and presented by the subject specialist, which was handed over to OPEPA for its inclusion in the mainstream text books for the benefit of children with special needs.
Among others Former Deputy Director of SCERT Sirish Chandra Das, Educationist, Regional Institute of Education Bhubaneswar Dr. Basanti Behera and Secretary of Pragati Juvak Sangha Debabrata Dash also spoke on the occasion.