Zonal Children’s Parliament of RAISE-NE begins

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Kohima, October 30: A three-day Zonal Children’s Parliament of Regional Action on Inclusive Education-North East (RAISE-NE) is being attended by 15 partner schools with 5 SSA schools of Nagaland at State Academy Hall here.
RAISE-NE is a five year plot project initiated to compliment the program of SSA on inclusive education to improve the quality of education for children with disabilities in government and government-aided private schools, with its objective to form model schools in th3 selected government schools and aim to set an example which can be replicated and be adopted by the Government.
This pilot project is being implemented in five states of NE which include Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura, said Purnima Kayina, Director of Cherry Blossoms Society, Nagaland while interacting with media-persons on the sidelines of the programme here Tuesday.
RAISE Your Hand for Inclusion is a campaign initiated to highlight the importance and need of Inclusive Education in the current educational System where we bring focus back to the learning needs or All Children including children with disability irrespective of their cast, colour, creed, religion, status wherein they can learn, grow, play and study together in the same class room through reasonable accommodation, modification and adaptation to suit the needs of diverse learners, she said.
With Children being the primary stakeholder, RAISE – North East strives to build capacity and empower children through the Children’s’ Parliament with Rights-based, creative practice, to empower younger children from diverse backgrounds know their Rights and Entitlements and give opportunities to share their experiences, thoughts and feelings so that they can express and influence positive change in their lis es at home, in school and in the community and become advocates in the mould of Champions for Change.
All partner organisation undertake to raise their voice on the campaign by sharing in all events and programs with the relevant government and non government stakeholders and seek support by taking handprint in the local newspaper to signify the local essence and mark support of people from different region of North East, she said, adding that they also undertake to complete two 1CP sessions in each partner organization prior to the Zonal level meeting with a special focus on the current education system based on their experiences that will he documented.
The three day Zonal meeting is a culmination of the various Inclusive Children’s Parliament sessions and other activities held at the local level, she said.
The three day zonal meet, she said is focusing on the campaign on RAISE Your Hand for Inclusion by seeking pledge and support from stakeholders that No Child is left behind in the Educational System, Kayina added.
The programme will culminate on Wednesday.
(Page News Service)