The President of India emphasized the maximum use of technology to make education more accessible to children with disabilities
President Draupadi Murmu on Saturday emphasized the maximum use of technology to remove language-related barriers in education and make education more accessible to children with disabilities. On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, he presented the National Award for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities in 2021 and 2022.
According to the estimates made by the United Nations, there are more than one billion people with disabilities in the world, the President said in his address to the gathering. This means that almost every eighth person in the world has some form of disability. More than two percent of India’s population is disabled. Therefore, it is everyone’s responsibility to create conditions for people with disabilities to live independently and with dignity.
“It is our responsibility to ensure that they get a good education, be safe in their homes and communities, have the freedom to choose their profession, and have equal employment opportunities,” he said.
The President said that in Indian culture and tradition, disability has never been a barrier to learning and achieving excellence.
“Divyanjan is often observed to have a divine quality. There are innumerable examples of our divyan brothers who have excelled in many fields through their indomitable courage, talent and determination. Given enough opportunities and opportunities, in the right environment, they have excelled in all fields. can,” he said.
He said education is the key to empowering every individual, including the disabled.
“We must make the most of technology in education to eliminate language barriers and make education more accessible to children with disabilities,” he said.
He said he was happy that the NCERT textbooks for classes 1-6 had been translated into Indian Sign Language for hearing impaired children. He said that it is an important initiative to include deaf students in educational activities. The President said that the government is taking several measures to increase the powers of divyanjan. Building self-confidence in Divyanjan is crucial to empowering them, he said. “People with disabilities have the same talents and abilities as ordinary people, and sometimes more than them. To make them self-sufficient, they just need to build self-confidence,” he said.
He appealed to all sections of the society to encourage divyanjans to become independent and move ahead in life. He said that if the people of Divyang join the mainstream and contribute effectively, the country will move forward on the path of faster development.
The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyanjan) of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment annually awards National Awards for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities to individuals, organizations, institutions, states, districts, etc. work done in the field of empowerment of persons with disabilities. The national selection committee discussed the applications that passed the selection process on November 2 and recommended 25 awardees for 2021 and 29 for 2022.
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