Monday, 14 September 2015

Inclusive Education: Making Education Better For Oman's Children

Experts believe that inclusive education will help to educate and improve the future of children across Iman. Recently, a one day workshop was held that focused on the management and challenges in inclusive education. The event was conducted recently by the Indian School Salalah at the institutes's auditorium for educators of different classes from Kindergarten to Class VIII.


Era Of Inclusive Education


According to a press release issued by the Indian School Salalah noted that inclusive education and motivation is necessary for eradicating all obstacles that are related to education and learning. The participation of the students are crucial as it is with the participation of learners susceptible to marginality and exclusion. This focuses on the basic goals of overcoming or reducing all exclusion from learning. The Indian School Salalah has earned a strong reputation for taking inititative and being influential in supporting and improving learning, said the press release.

Inclusive Education
 A recent report in The Times of Oman states “The inaugural session was graced by Ram Santhanam, president of the school management committee (SMC), SMC members Dr. Debashish Bhattacharya, C. Vinay Kumar, and Rajput Dhanraj, Dr. Lovely Eugene, occupational therapist at the Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah, T. R. Brown, principal, Omana Mathews, vice principal, S. Srinivasan, assistant vice principal, Dr. Aruna Shukla, counsellor, various department heads and in-charges.”

Importance Of Inclusive Education


Importance Of Inclusive Education
Experienced faculty in English, Jane D’mello was pleased with the gathering and welcomed all participants. Jane also presented a detailed introduction of Simmi Santha, the resource person and a reputed behavioural therapist. Talking about the importance and purpose of the inclusive education workshop, Santha commented that educators encounter various difficulties in executing inclusive education. She also requested the participants and audience to consider the issue from their own perspective.

During the initial session of the workshop, several points were discussed thoroughly, which included development disabilities, behavioural disorders, health and physical difficulties, language and speech difficulties, communication disabilities, sensory disabilities, intellectual difference etc. The next session was organised and led by by Dr. Lovely Eugene. She started the session by using brain gym exercises as well as educational kinesiology where educators seemed to enjoy a number of activities and exercises. Later the second session was conducted by Santha.

Simmi Santha, during her session, focused on the significance of the attitudes
of educators towards children with special needs. She believes that every special needs child must be placed and educated with normal students. Moreover, special services must be provided to these students and it must be ensured that special children are enrolled in general and regular classes. This will help such students to communicate and interact with normal children as much as possible.


Taking Special Care


Then Dr. Debashish offered his own opinion on a specific query of an educator. He commented that each and every educator has to take care of autistic students in their classes and it is imperative that they know each student in order to provide a superior learning experience. Afterwards, another session was held by Santha specifically for parents of students with special needs. Once she interacted with all the parents, she requested them to share their feelings about being the parent of a student with special needs.

Simmi Santha told the parents that they should deal with special children with much love, care and affection. She motivated all the parents by providing them important suggestions and requested them personally to accept their kids just the way they are. At the conclusion of the event, Ram Santhanam, president of the SMC, said “The workshop on inclusive education is a service.” 

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