UP Teachers To Be Trained To Handle Cross-Disabilities In Classrooms

UP Teachers To Be Trained To Handle Cross-Disabilities In Classrooms

UP teachers to receive specialized training in handling cross-disabilities, promoting inclusiveness in classrooms. Collaboration with SMNRU and UNICEF to equip 60,000 head teachers with skills to support children with special needs.

IANSUpdated: Thursday, February 15, 2024, 06:21 PM IST
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Lucknow: Nearly 60,000 head teachers in state-run schools will be given special training to sensitize them in handling cross-disabilities in classrooms.

The training is aimed at bringing inclusiveness to classrooms.

The state education department in collaboration with Shakuntala Mishra National Rehabilitation University (SMNRU) and UNICEF has come up with a 90-day training module -80 days online and 10 days offline.

This will make the teachers aware of the concept of inclusive education and introduce them to different disabilities. They will be trained in working with children with special needs (CWSN) in classrooms, parent counseling, screening of physical barriers of CWSN, early identification, types, causes, prevention, and strategies of children with hand, limb, sight, and hearing disabilities.

In addition, these teachers will also be sensitised to autism spectrum disorder, specific learning disability, individualized education plans, and specific teaching-learning disability.

"Through this, we will be able to instill confidence in teachers to reach out to special children," said Nand Kumar who is heading the project in the education department.

There are 3.40 lakh CWSN enrolled in 1.32 lakh schools across UP for which there are only 2,256 special educators.

"With few special educators against the high number of CWSN, it was thought appropriate to train head teachers to increase their knowledge, understanding, and training to deal with children with special needs. Understanding will lead to empathy," said a district coordinator (Inclusive Education).

Education specialist, UNICEF UP, Ritwik Patra said: "When a teacher sees a child with disabilities, they are clueless. They feel they cannot deal with them or that the child is not capable of doing anything, both of which are untrue. The diagnostic teaching module of UNICEF will help the teachers to navigate the ways to support the children with disabilities in the best possible ways."

Associate professor, department of visually impaired, SMNRU VS Mishra said: "We are aiding the education department with our expertise so that special educators who are our master trainers will train general education teachers to impart education to all, including children with disabilities. These teachers will gradually, through their hands-on experience benefit CWSN."

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