Project to help children with learning disabilities in Delhi

Asia-Pacific, March 7 2017

NEW DELHI: The Delhi government has identified 35,000 children with learning disabilities and would be provided appropriate learning support under its new Project Smile.

According to a press statement issued by the government, post completion of the ‘Every Child Can Read’ campaign across classes VI to VIII, more than one lakh children were able to progress to a level where they could read their grade-level textbooks. However, approximately 5% of children could not go beyond identifying alphabets despite the schools’ efforts in the 30-day campaign.

‘Project Smile’ aims to reach every child studying in Delhi government schools. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said, “When we launched the ‘Every Child Can Read’ campaign, the government was serious about reaching every child in our schools. ‘Project Smile’ will ensure that no child will be left behind as a result of their learning disability.”

These 35,000 children will be administered screening tests by special education teachers and counsellors to identify if any of them have learning disabilities. Based on the results of these screening tests, these teachers and counsellors will be allotted groups of children for specialised support based on their specific learning disability.

Source: Times of India

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