BAHAWALPUR/ DERA GHAZI KHAN/-KAMALIA/RY KHAN-International Day for Special Children was yesterday celebrated with the pledge to make due investment in the welfare of persons with different disabilities and harness their natural talent to make them useful members of society.
In this connection a function was held at Cholistan Special Education School here under the auspices of Bahawalpur Corps. Bahawalpur Corps Commander Lt-Gen Javed Iqbal and his spouse specially participated in the ceremony as chief guests. On the occasion, special children demonstrated their skills and talents through performances.
Later, Lt-Gen Javed Iqbal appreciated the handwork put in by the school management and teachers. He also distributed prizes among children and teachers. It is to be noted that Cholistan Special Education School was established in 1997 with the aim to provide special education to not only army brats but to all children of the region. The school not only helps out parents of special children but also ensures quality grooming of special children so that they can become a useful member of society.
The ceremony was attended by senior Army and civil officers as well as the parents of children.
In Dera Ghazi Khan, Divisional Commissioner Mohammad Yasrib Ali reaffirmed the Punjab government pledge that people with disabilities will be given equal status in society.
Addressing seminar on International Day of Persons with Disabilities here Arts Council, Mr Yasrib Ali said that the government is taking revolutionary steps for education of special children. Naturally special children are more intelligent as compared to other children but they need training to create confidence among only.
He said that the Punjab government has fixed three percent quota in government jobs for disabled person and Rs1200 monthly financial assistance is being given to 4,000 families of special persons through Khidmat Card.
The seminar was arranged by the Social Welfare Department and was attended by EDO Community Development Farooq Ahmed, Assistant Director DG Khan Arts Council Mohammad Asadullah Shahzad, Law Officer Suyria Majid Rana, DDO Social Welfare Mohammad Ibrahim, Shahid Nawaz, Rehana, Ghazala Abbas, Mohammad Rafique, teachers and students belonging to different sectors were present there.
WALK, WHEEL-CHAIR RACE HELD
In RAHIM YAR KHAN, a walk and wheel-chair race was organised by Children Welfare Society and school for special persons here to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The walk was leaded by District Social Welfare Officer Safdar Hussain, famous poet Lala Nasir, social activist Boota Tahir and Emanuel Aami. While addressing the participants of walk, Emanuel Aami demanded ramps for disabled government employees. He appreciated the introduction of “Khidmat Card” for disable persons.
Later, a function was also arranged in a school at Abbasia Town for special persons where they performed at stage. They sang songs, performed Tableau and danced. Gifts and 50 warm clothes were distributed among participants of wheel-chair race and special children.
SPECIAL CEREMONY HELD
In Kamalia, The International Day of People with Disabilities was observed at Government Special Education School for Hearing-Impaired.
On the occasion, a ceremony was held at the school to highlight importance of the day and significance of making the children with different disabilities useful persons of society.
Speaking to the audience, Principal Bashir Ahmed Rabbani said the day is marked around the world on December 3, since 1992. The objective of observing the day of persons with disabilities is to encourage people affected by any disability, together with educating the normal people about the rights, dignity and welfare of the disabled people. It raises awareness about the benefits of integrating the disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic to political, to social and cultural. In this context, the Punjab government is providing valuable services for the education and training of special children so that they could become useful citizens of the future, he said.
He said that there are 7 special education institutes in District Toba Tek Singh - Govt Special Education School for Hearing Impaired and Govt Special Education Centre are in Kamalia, Govt Special Education Secondary School for Hearing Impaired, Govt. Special Education Centre and Govt Institute for Slow Learners while Govt Special Education Centres are located at Gojra and Pirmahal. Special children are educated with uniforms, transport, educational aid material and equipment and additionally Rs800 a month stipend.