Every child should be taught how to think, read and write
SEC started with its first batch of 13 students in the year 1958. Today it has more than 300 on its roll. The classes are from Nursery level to the seventh standard (grade). The curriculum followed by the school is as per the Maharashtra State Board.
The medium of instructions in the school is Hindi and Marathi.
Specially trained teachers try to simplify the content of all the subjects taught to the children and give individual attention to them.
After the seventh grade the children are integrated in to normal schools elsewhere, but SEC follows up with regular progress reports. SEC arranges for special guidance or tuitions if required.
When the children of SEC clear their Maharashtra Board examination, SEC feels that a part of their mission is fulfilled.
English is a necessary tool for communication internationally. Whether for the usage of Computers or in the later life for procuring jobs, the knowledge of English language is a must. In order to take care of this need, SEC has started conversational English classes for the past few years. Even though the children come from a background where the knowledge of the language is minimal, through persistent efforts, the students are slowly becoming conversant with spoken English and are trying to achieve fluency in the English language.
To stay in tune with modern, technological developments taking place everywhere, the children are taught computers in the school from a very early age. Computer knowledge has come to play an important role in the lives of the disabled children because it allows the students to put their creativity to use. Computer Hardware Training is also imparted to the students. They are taught to assemble and disassemble computer parts, which makes the students think about and understand how the parts function. Two ex-students participated in the state level competition in Computer Hardware held in Pune in February 2013 and won Gold and Silver Medals in the Abilympics. Abilympics are vocational skill competitions for persons with disabilities which enables them to showcase and enhance their talent. Abilympics empower the contestants and help create public awareness about their abilities. The students will now compete at the regional level.
At the time of admission of the child into the school, a special team assesses the child.Observation with respect to the behavior of the child and the medical reports help the teachers to make a brief educational plan for the child. After making a thorough study of the child, such as the occupied and non-occupied behavior, limitations, other associated difficulties, together with their physical challenges, the class teacher works with a structured program for the child. The evaluation of the students is conducted after a certain interim period, which helps in facilitating processing of the child’s cognitive and social skills.
Education for intellectual disabilities
Whereas most of the children in the school have physical disabilities, there are some who have intellectual disabilities due to Apert Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, or Hemiplegia. Students with mild intellectual disabilities take a little longer to clear their examination to reach the next grade. With personalized attention from the teachers and parents, these childrens are able to overcome their disability to a certain extent.
Children with severe intellectual disability, however, find it difficult to cope up with their studies. The parents of such children are encouraged to attend the school with their ward, so that the teacher can attend to the other children as well. The teacher-student ratio in classroom is 1:10 / 1:12 / 1:15.
REMEDIAL AND SPECIAL
The school has a combination of students with various types of multiple and physical disabilities, such as neurological problems with partial vision, hearing loss, cerebral palsy with mild intellectual disabilities or with frequent seizures, polio bi-lateral cases, etc.
The responsibilities of the teachers have increased manifold in order to give the students remedial as well as special assistance.
The teaching team comprises of special teachers, occupational therapists, physio therapists, physical training teacher, music teacher, dance teacher, medical social worker, parents, volunteers and other supportive staff, who work to enable each child to develop adequate proficiency in academics, therapy, social, personal and vocational skills, which help the child to grow and develop into a confident person and as normal human being as possible.