Young school students painted to create awareness about accessibility

Asia-Pacific, Built Environment, News, November 21 2017

NEW DELHI: More than 1200 Students of different schools of Delhi participated together to paint on the theme of Accessibility to raise awareness for a cause which although of ‘Universal’ importance escapes the public consciousness. It is with this thought that the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities organized a Drawing and Painting Competition at the National Bal Bhawan for school students including Students with Disabilities on the theme of “Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities” on Thursday (2nd November 2017).

participantsThe school students in three categories i.e. Junior, Middle and Senior participated in the competition. The topics of the competition were provided level wise ; Junior level- ‘Accessible Playgrounds and Parks’ & ‘Accessible Sports for PwDs’, for Middle level-  ‘Accessible Buildings, Tourist Places, Monuments, Pilgrimage sites’ and for Senior level- ‘Accessible Public Transport’ and ‘Accessible Technologies for Persons with Disabilities’.

The Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities is running the Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) for creating universal accessibility in the built environment, public transportation and Information & Communication Technology eco-system. The Campaign was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 3rd December 2015 on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Hon’ble Prime Minister had desired that the campaign is made a mass movement by involving citizens and sensitizing the society towards disability and the need for accessibility.  In continuation to various sensitization campaigns run by the DEPwD, “drawing and painting competition” was the latest chapter in the efforts to reach out to the young minds.

Welcoming all the students, Ms Dolly Chaktrabarty, Joint Secretary, DEPwD, inaugurated the competition, and said that “the art is a powerful medium to create mass awareness”. Through this competition, Ms Chakrabarty emphasized, awareness about the importance of accessibility and the challenges faced by Divyangjans in daily life.

Students were seeded with the concept of accessibility and were encouraged to put their ideas and thoughts through drawing. In the background music, the soundtrack of Bollywood movie ‘Taare Zameen Par’ was being played and the atmosphere filled with the joy and enthusiasm; while the children coloured their thoughts and messages on papers.

The jury members for selecting the award were Mr Soumen Bhowmick, Ms Sunita Lamba, Vijay Kiyawat, Santosh Kumar Sahni and Shri Hemant Singh. The jury panel carefully scrutinized the paintings and submitted the results to the Department. The winners of this competition and will be awarded cash prize and a certificate in a felicitation event to be held at the Pravasi Bhartiya Kendra, Delhi on the occasion of Children’s Day on 14th November 2017.

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