Where we work
School 4 All - changing a school in India
In the Coorg district in India, Leonard Cheshire Disability is working to change attitudes and break down prejudice and stigma against disabled people, not just in the local schools but in the whole community. In one primary school, we have engaged the support of a committee consisting of ex-students, ex-teachers and eminent local people. The president of this committee, a local community leader, is a strong advocate of the view that every child should study in an inclusive school. His support, and that of other local leaders, has helped us identify disabled children in the community and to persuade more of them to send their children to school.
Another strand of our work has been to persuade teachers of the importance of inclusive education.We organised a series of awareness programmes and video shows on disability at the school for both teachers and the children. We also trained teachers in teaching all children together.
A childrenís club has now been started in the school where all the children get together and play indoor games. This activity benefits all children, especially children with physical impairments.
The programme has been a great success, thanks to the support given by the school management, who have welcomed the inclusion of disabled children in the school. The head teacher told us: "Disabled children are treated like all other children in our school." In this part of India, thatís a very big step forward.