GRF Scholarship Award to Amar Jyoti Charitable Trust ,India
Amar Jyoti – A Pioneering Inclusive School Rehabilitation Centre
For the last three and a half decades Amar Jyoti has stood out as a pioneering institute working in the field of Inclusive Education and rehabilitation of persons with disabilities .
The Trust established with the sole purpose of rehabilitation of disabled people and children, started a school for Inclusive education, admitting able bodied children alongwith the disabled . It is a middle school upto VIII standard (likely to be upgraded upto secondary level soon ) .We admit children with all disabilities- orthopaedic , speech/ hearing, visual impairment and mentally challenged. As of now there are 510 students (integrated group) in the school. Since our Mantra is inclusive, all our activities are inclusion- be it sports or cultural ( dance/ music), English lab imparts spoken English training and children enjoy doing experiments in science lab.
We have a branch in Gwalior , Madhya Pradesh working on the same lines. That school is already upto class Xth and has about 350 students.
After leaving Amar Jyoti, our children go to mainstream school, colleges and university. Some of them have excelled in academics have won acclaim in many fields and are working as teachers and in many other fields. All our buildings in Delhi and Gwalior are barrier free a factor that has contributed greatlyin making the children confident. Amar Jyoti has been given National Award for barrier free environment.
Medical assistance is a major pre-requisite if disabled children are to be admitted in school. An Orthotic workshop provides necessary aids/ appliances to orthopedically disabled enabling them to come easily to school. To help the disabled physiotherapy, occupational therapy units are there. Speech/ hearing impaired children are catered to by speech therapy unit and visually impaired by ophthalmology unit. Mentally challenged are checked by Child Guidance Clinic ( special sections in school cater to their educational needs) of these children. Since the school admits slow learners also the Trust started classes for special Education Teachers’ Training. Diploma courses in mentalretardation and hearingimpairment are successfully running with the approval of RCI.
Gwalior centre is running Jiwaji University approved B.Ed course in hearing impairment, besides diploma in the same discipline.
- Centre for Open School facilitates education of slow learners and dropouts. We conduct IIIrd , Vth, VIIIth, Xth and XII class NIOS examination . We have also got accreditation from NIOS for Vocational Training in computers, cutting & Tailoring and beauty culture.
- This year the onerous task for giving life skill training to Deafblind children has been taken up in collaboration with – Sense International
- IGNOU – Centre imparts under graduate education in 24 subjects besides diploma courses in some subjects.
- Amar Jyoti Institute of Physiotherapy runs under graduate 4 ½ course in physiotherapy and is affiliated to University of Delhi.
- Vocational Training in various disciplines leads to empowerment. Children above class III are sent to different vocational training in computers, cutting & Tailoring, beauty culture, Art & Craft and Jewellery Units. Our beauty culture unit has got accreditation with National Skill Development corporation (N.S.D.C)
- Abilympics – The vision of Abilympics (Olympics of abilities of persons with disability) is to focus on discovering and nurturing the talents of persons with disabilities and create opportunities for employment. Amar Jyoti is the nodal agency for these competitions held at international level in different countries every four years.
- Community Based Rehabilitation centre (CBR)- This project started with the objective of providing medical educational, vocational and social rehabilitation to persons with disabilities. Those who cannot come to main entre are catered in their own areas by our CBR Team. 10 East Delhi slums and villages are the beneficiaries.
- Placement Unit provides free career guidance for all ages and to the persons with special abilities.
- Social work department acts as a bridge between the school and all rehabilitation units of Amar Jyoti .
Amar Jyoti’s vision of creating a rights based society and to give equal opportunities to persons with disabilities to facilitate their mainstreaming is being fulfilled through our activities and support of government , like minded people and institutions.
Ku. Nishtha Jain ( Class VII) – recipient of ‘Outstanding Achiever of the year’ award from the President Hon’ble Shree Pranabh Mukarjee for the year 2014-15 is the cynosure of Amar Jyoti School ever since she came to this institution about eight years ago.
Though she had been living with the trauma of not having upper limbs since birth,yet there was no sign of that trauma in her day to day activities. She did everything with her feet writing, painting, and cutting things with scissors and to everyone’s surprise making clay pots on potter wheels! Operating a computer with feet is no problem for her. She took everyone by surprise in a conference organized by UNESCO wherein she presented a short film made by her on computer.
Nishtha has excelled in academics also and stood first in the class for many years. She participates in nearly all extra activities like games, elocution competitions , and dance events.
With motivation and grit she can go far in life.
Christeen Tigga, a student of special class ( slow learner ) belongs to a very low income family, her father works as a labour in an animal product factory.
Christeen is suffering from Cretinism, a disease making the bones brittle. The disease seems to be genetic in the family because her brother is also affected by it The ailment seems to have affected her growth also, because she is unable to stand on her legs (uses wheelchair) and looks small for her age ( 7 yrs)
The brightness in her eyes and a ready smile on her face indicate that the child is eager to imbibe as much from school aspossible. The proof is her public speeches! She speaks ( on a given topic) so confidently that if one is not present in front of her, it sounds like a grownup child speaking.
With determination and loving support she can achieve much in life.
Master Shubham Kumar, a student of class VII is an amputee with only one limb (lower right limb). The trauma of amputation and experiences in schools (before coming to Amar Jyoti) seem to have made an introvert of the boy. The open arm welcome that he received in the school must have touched him and raised his confidence because gradually he started doing things with his one feet. He learned to driver even his wheelchair with one feet. He drove backwards of course!
With increasing confidence and interaction with peers, his performance also improved. Despite the fact that he writes with his foot, he gets good positions in class examinations. He gets third in an integrated Essay Competition conducted by Tata Building India. He has won prizes in elocution and drawing competitions and is a good singer. He also won a bronze medal in the Integrated Inter School Sports Meet in 2013.
He operates on computer with his foot and his skills are improving . A short film made by him impressed everyone at UNESCO conference in Delhi. He has also been selected to participate in “2015 Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities (GITC) in Indonesia where children will given live performance of their IT skills.
Shubham can achieve much in life because he seems to be possessed by a deep rooted determination.