T.S. Eliot Project: Mainstreaming Disable and Marginalized Children through Inclusive Education, Health Promotion, Rehabilitation, and Empowerment
In partnership with TS Eliot Trust, a London – UK based organization, KIRAN runs the “T.S. Eliot Project: Mainstreaming Disable and Marginalized Children through Inclusive Education, Health Promotion, Rehabilitation, and Empowerment”. This program aims at increasing literacy and promoting quality education for school-aged children, with a particular focus on those who, having physical limitations or a poor socio-economical background, find it difficult to regularly attend school or are not enrolled. The project also addresses the need of physical and cognitive rehabilitation of the children with different abilities together with health promotion of all children living in the 54 villages covered by KIRAN’s Community Based Rehabilitation team, who is implementing the program. Disable children in the preschool period receive home-based education and rehabilitation activities by special educators and CBR field workers, with the regular support of KIRAN’s rehabilitation team. Both government and private school teachers are sensitized to accept and their skills are upgraded in dealing with children with language, cognitive and physical impairments. Programs of community awareness on topics related to the right to education, health promotion, and disease prevention are held. KIRAN also helps organize and strengthen self-help groups to empower women to become agents of change in their communities and helps train local health care workers in the area of disabilities creating further community awareness. This 3 -years project began on April 2018.