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Guiding them differently

Staff Reporter



LEARNING PROCESS: The students take part in a cultural programme in the school.

NALGONDA: A squint-eyed boy was drumming the tonsured head of another boy who sat in front of him. A boy with chubby cheeks did not hesitate to go onto the dais while guests were addressing the gathering and a couple of children were constantly giggling without a valid reason.

The 50-odd members of the Junior Red Cross Society were in for a shock when they entered the Mother Residential Special School, a place of learning for 68 mentally-challenged children, on Thursday. But soon they realized that the children were slowly improving their learning skills to lead lives on their own.

Rice given away

"I felt very happy to know that they are also getting good education here. I would like to construct a big school for them," M.Sonika, an active member of the Junior Red Cross, told The Hindu . Sonika, a ninth standard student, took part in group dances to entertain the special schoolchildren.

Sonika and others studying in Nalgonda Public School visited the Special School to give away three bags of rice they collected. "Though the amount of rice they collected is meagre, their visit to this school has a psychological impact on the tender minds," the NPS principal, Jaypaul Gorentla, said.

Chairperson of the IRCS K.Jyothirmayi and the Project Director of the DRDA Sunitha, handed over the rice bags to the school founder, K.Padmavathi Reddy.

Advice to parents

An 11-year-old visually-challenged girl hailing from Mahabubnagar, Sindhu, stunned the students and the guests by reciting a Sanskrit sloka and the national anthem. "The kids with learning disabilities can be transformed into normal children. Parents should not feel shy to join them in special schools," Mrs.Padmavathi Reddy, who had opened the school on December 28, 2000, observed.

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