Special Needs Children in Navi Mumbai
Swami Brahmanand Pratishthan is an organization promoting education and integration of Special Needs Children into society. The organization runs three centres: Disha Special School and Falguni Vocational Centre in Navi Mumbai, and Seekar Special School in the rural area of Uran in Raigad District.
In Navi Mumbai, Special Needs Children under the age of 18 attend Disha Special School. 86 children are taught in 9 classes. Every student gets an educational plan, specifically designed to fit his or her special needs, aiming at the development of his or her personal strengths and abilities. Besides the schoolroom classes there is occupational therapy, psychological counselling and support, IT training, activities related to arts, handcrafts, music and sports, amongst other leisure activities including students, teachers and parents.
Once the students reach the age of 18, they change to Falguni Vocational Centre where vocational skills are being taught, with the aim to provide the students with an income and economic independence. The vocational training includes painting, making paper bags and jewelry, producing food items such as chocolate and spices, and handcrafts such as door mats, torans (Hindu decoration), wall carpets, products from linen such as bed-sheets, and seasonal products such as Diya Candles for the Diwali celebrations.
Weekar Special School is addressing the needs of mentally challenged children and adults from the rural area of Uran in Raigad District.
Volunteers and interns can participate in special education, occupational therapy and vocational training. The centres have qualified staff with MA degrees in Special Education and BA in Education. Any person who sees himself/herself able to contribute something meaningful to the described activities can volunteer, for instance offering leisure activities.
Location: Navi Mumbai, India
Duration: Minimum 2 weeks if not otherwise mentioned
Special qualifications needed: yes / no
Costs: none, the trouble-free package is optional
Accommodation: Not included
Meals: Not included
Included: Placement in the project; if you opt for the trouble-free package the whole range of services which is part of the trouble-free package is included
Not included: Travel to India, health insurance, visa
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