ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday said Pakistan Peoples Party and the Aiwan-e-Sadr would take up the cause of special children as a high priority project to give meaning to the life of special children and make them useful citizens of the country. According to the spokesman of President Farhatulah Babar, the President vowed to take special care of special children at a moving function that brought together nearly forty Special Children with the head of the state for over one hour at the President House. The President said the government was determined to look after children who have not been given proper attention in the past. I promise to stand with the special people of Pakistan in a special way, President Zardari said. He hoped that the event would create realization at the local and international level to take up their cause. The president said that the performance of these children this evening had demonstrated that given will and determination no disability could stand in the way of human progress. These children stand out as symbols of determination and resilience to overcome all odds, he said. Today they have also taught us, those who have no disabilities, to be eternally grateful to Allah for the countless blessings He has bestowed on us, the President said visibly moved by the physically disabled children who displayed enormous will to fight the battle of life, the spokesperson quoted the President as saying. The President said he would ask the government to set up special centres at all the district headquarters. He advised the government that initially one school in every district be converted into a special education centre to cater the needs of special children. The President said he would recommend the government that the teachers for special education, who are still in BPS 17 for the past ten years be promoted to the next grade. He said a special category would be created to accommodate the special children in Benazir Income Support Program. The President also gave away prizes to the group leaders of the special children, who performed at the function. The event began with the recitation of Holy Quran by a visually impaired girl child of Al-Maktoom Special Education Centre. They also presented national and folk songs by the special children from the National Institute of Special Education. Defying disability the colorfully attired and beaming children also performed a 'dhamal at the tune of popular song. The President also witnessed a display of paintings done by the disabled children and appreciated the strong desire by them to excel in all areas. The President specially rewarded a special child without arms who drew a coloured sketch of the national flag holding pencil in his toes that drew spontaneous applause from the audience. Minister Samina Khalid Gurkhi also spoke on the occasion. She said that a section of the F-9 Park has also been developed for easier access the physically disabled persons. Secretary Special Education Imtiaz Qazi, in his opening remarks, said the federal cabinet in its recent meeting has approved various recommendations of the ministry including the insurance scheme for people with severe disabilities, micro-credit facilities, 50 per cent concession in air and rail fair for special people. The event was attended among others by Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira, Advisor to PM on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain, Secretary General Salman Farouqi and members of the parliament and senior officials.