Collaborative Inclusive Project – “Time to Enhance your Skills”

Posted: 15 March 2021

IDEALS

Discoveries

Age:

Primary

Participating Schools:

Bangalore International School, Birla Public School, Chanderbala Modi Academy, Hyderabad Public School, KC Public School, Maria Public School, Pathways World School, Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls’ Public School,  Sunbeam School, Lahartara, Vivek High School, Yadavindra Public School.

Overview

The project was initiated with an aim to create awareness about equity and inclusion. The delegation size of each school was 6 students with atleast 3 differently abled students. With this initiative, students with different abilities participated in a group, which helped them improve their confidence and self-esteem.

Differently abled criteria-

  1. Students with Mild Attention Deficit.
  2. Students with Specific Learning Disability- Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia.
  3. Students with mild Autism.

The activities provided them with a virtual platform to showcase their abilities. Students benefit from this initiative as it may increase their confidence to participate in more activities if given a chance.

Activities chosen were enjoyable and enhanced their teamwork and social skills. Problem-solving, creative thinking, listening, and comprehending skills were encouraged through various well-planned activities by students of Genesis Round Square Team.

Planning

This project has its seed in a small random idea of creating a participation platform for differently enabled students. A forum where they can participate without being judged or left out. GGS RS Student Team discussed the idea with the GGS Learning Support Department Head, Ms Anju. The team planned an inclusive project in which all students can participate which will further encourage their participation and inclusion in their schools.

GGS RS Media and Cultural Student Council member, Diya Badana rooted this project as she was already working with differently abled students in the school in her Psychology project. She worked with the LSD department teacher, Ms Divya, to plan the structure of the session. They planned activities that were engaging and did not create any performance pressure for the students.

The next task was to train and sensitize the organizing team to be emphatic and patient towards all the participants. It was important that the team leaders not only actively engage students but also motivate them to participate. Team leaders were also trained to make other students learn how to be good team members and appreciate others’ skills irrespective of their abilities. Demo sessions were planned where team leaders shared their chosen activity and their planning on how they will be executing the sessions

Details

A variety of activities were created to allow the students to participate. Here is and overview of the different activities available to the students.

Extra small games (can be played beside the main activity from above or merge with your activity to add interesting sections)

This inclusive project was a celebration of diversity through inclusivity. It will encourage their participation and inclusion in their schools, leading to sensitization towards strengths and different abilities of the children. 7 sessions were conducted with 3 schools participating in each session.

Challenges

Impact 

The project was planned to bring a change for the differently abled students, but the sessions’ impact was not limited to them. GGS student organizing team also learned a lot from these sessions, and they became more empathized and matured while conducting the sessions. They learnt how to identify and appreciate the unique skill in each person and teach all the participants. We received positive feedback from all the participating schools. Participants, parents, and teacher escorts shared how overwhelmed they were during the sessions and were touched by the team leaders’ mature and sensitive handling of the participants. They appreciated how team leaders took care of all the participants with a lot of compassion and respect.

We were pleased to see the beautiful smiles on all participants’ faces and how motivated and happy they were on participating in an Inter school event. The differently abled students were confident and were excited to see their thoughts and creative ideas being appreciated. Finally, they had a platform where they can share their skills with no one challenging or judging them. The project strengthened in small ways self-belief and confidence in the participants.

Long Term Outcomes

A project like this one has the potential to create an ever-lasting impact in many students thinking process. It will boost confidence, motivate differently abled students. For others, it will make them more compassionate, caring, and empathetic. Through such projects we will be able to significantly provide equal opportunities to all participants to enhance their skills.

Advice

Author: Leenu Singh, Round Square Rep, Genesis Global School

 

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