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Educational Services

Special Education

St. Judes School for Mentally Challenged is a residential special school for mentally challenged for the welfare of children with Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and Multiple Disabilities. It is recognized by the Government of Tamilnadu (R.C. No.5595/SS.III/2004)under state commissionerate for the handicapped. 124 children are getting benefited from this programme. Parents are encouraged to participate in the educational and therapeutic programmes of the children.

Ecomwel Orthopaedic Centre is implementing SAMARTH – Centre Based Services supported by National Trust, New Delhi and 30 students are benefited under this scheme.

St. Judes school for mentally challenged was awarded as best residential care centre by National Trust for its outstanding and benevolent services for the year 2003.

Hostel for the Disabled

Annai Illam is a residential hostel attached to our school offering an opportunity to the children with disability to continue their education. Children with disability living in the villages are finding it very difficult to attend the school due to their mobility problems. Hence, our residential hostel helps them to continue their studies.

Regular medical attention, physiotherapy, private tuition, counselling and guidance services, daily prayer and good nutritious food etc. are being provided. Children with disability studying in other schools are also admitted in our hostel to continue their education.

Inclusive Education for the Disabled

Inclusive Education for the Disabled is one of the components of Government of India’s Sarva Siksha Abiyan (Education for All) aiming to provide useful and relevant elementary education for all children including special children in the age group of 6 to 14 by the year 2012.

Inclusive Education has been a part of school system since the passing of persons with disabilities Act in 1995 and 86th constitutional Amendment. Inclusion professes to do just what is says –include all children, regardless of skill level or needs in age appropriate classrooms. Class rooms and schools across the country have brought children with disabilities in the regular classroom as part of their learning experience.

Inclusive Education for the Disabled focuses on,

  1. Identifying the children with special needs
  2. Mainstreaming them in the regular schools and
  3. Providing them with aids and appliances to make learning process complete.

This responsibility is given to the NGO’s working in the field of disability and Ecomwel Orthopaedic Centre has taken up the Inclusive Education for the Disabled in 16 blocks of Salem District. Five special educators have been appointed in each block for this purpose. They are also involved in providing training to Village Education Committee members, Block Resource Teachers, general teachers and conducting awareness programmes on inclusive education. Children with severe disability will be given home based training.

Resource rooms catering to the children of all types of disabilities have been set up in all 16 blocks. Talking library for the visually impaired, speech trainer for the hearing impaired, physiotherapy equipment for physically and mentally challenged and teaching learning materials for mentally challenged are installed in the resource rooms for use by the differently abled children.

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalaya (KGBV)

Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidhyalaya (KGBV) was launched by the government of India in August, 2004 for setting up residential schools at upper primary level for girls belonging predominantly to the SC, ST, OBC and minorities in areas identified as Educationally Backwards Blocks (EBBs) where, as per census rate of 2001, the rural female literacy is below the national average and gender gap is more than the national average.

The girl children who have been never enrolled in schools and have dropped out are identified and imparted education intensively for 3 years and made to write their 8th standard common examinations. After passing 8th std. they are admitted in the Govt. run schools for pursuing their further education.

The responsibility of running these schools are given to NGOs who are working in the field of education and girls’ empowerment. Ecomwel Orthopaedic Centre is being given the charge of running the KGBV schools in Kadayampatti, Nangavalli and Veerapandi blocks of Salem District. Tamilnadu.

At present, 250 girl children, 100 in two schools and 50 in a school are benefiting and they are given free education, food, uniform, educational material, computer and music training. The students are also trained in different vocational trades.