On 26th January we celebrated the Republic day and the family get together at Dilkhush.
Sr.Asunta Nakade hoisted the flag.
We had lovely snacks and concluded the program by 11a.m.
Every year, 3rd-10th December is celebrated as World Disability Week, internationally. The theme for this year is, Inclusion matters: Access and Empowerment of people of all abilities.
To spread this message and create awareness about people with intellectual disability, our students put up a short performance, at the Reliance Mumbai Metro stations, on 8th December 2015.
17 students danced to the song Chanda Suraj, by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Through this dance, they conveyed the message that, ‘Love overcomes everything’.
The dance was repeated a number of times at the Saki Naka and Andheri Metro stations. It was well received and appreciated by not just the people travelling, but also by the Metro staff accompanying us.
Many people stopped to watch the performance; some spoke with the students, some posed for photos with them, others wanted to know more about our school. Without exception, everyone who stopped to talk mentioned, how well the students conducted themselves, and how well coordinated they were when they danced.
Awareness was created not just through the dance, but also while we travelled with the students, on the Metro. We are very grateful to Reliance Mumbai Metro for providing us with this opportunity
“Parents are the Best Therapists!”
This was one of the beautiful messages that came through very strongly at the evaluation of the course at Dilkhush Teachers’ Training Centre.
The Certificate course, began with a total of 11 participants, predominantly parents of children with special needs and a few who were inclined in learning and helping persons with disabilities. The duration of the course was 12 Saturdays i.e. 36 hours of instruction, with lectures from renowned specialists in the field of the special education. Some of the topics covered were understanding the concept of disability, its physiological aspects as well current trends like Inclusive education. Other related topics covered were early intervention, and therapeutic intervention, teaching methodology for children with intellectual disability, learning disability and autism, behaviour modification techniques and basic counselling skills. There were also special workshops on art based therapy and interplay to help introduce the participants to various forms of intervention for persons with special needs, and to provide a healthy platform for self-expression, relaxation and understanding oneself on a deeper, spiritual level.
The participants attended every session with enthusiasm and the will to learn and understand various aspects pertaining to persons with special needs. This spirit of curiosity and passion helped enrich each session allowing speakers to happily disclose additional information on the topic based on the needs of the participants. The final session that involved the Evaluation of the course where participants were asked to choose a topic of their interest and make a presentation before the class. The presentations made were truly unique and insightful. Each participant stood in front of the class and made presentations like they were the experts on the topics that they selected. The stories of their lives in connection to the theoretical aspects of the subject chosen,were told with emotion, truth and simplicity, which left everyone in the room teary-eyed to see their struggle but proud and inspired to see the strength and resilience that shown through their lives and their families. All the participants were grateful to the team of faculty for initiating the course and requested that more courses like these are started to reach out and sensitize people.
It was a proud moment for all the staff at Dilkhush Teachers’ Training Centre as the certificates of completion were distributed to all the participants, who accepted it with a sense of achievement, honour and happiness.
Grandparents’ day was celebrated at Dilkhush special school on the 9th October 2015. Even though very few grandparents attended the program; it was a very heart warming experience for all of us at Dilkhush. The grandparents went to the respective classes of their grand children. They were welcomed with a rose and a greeting card, which expressed the love and gratitude of the children. Some classes organized music and dance and the children explained to them what they do in the class. The grandparents visited the other classes along with their grandchildren. After that they were gathered in the hall and watched a video of the different activities of the school. Then tea and snacks were served. A small memento also was presented to each one.
Overall it was a great experience and the grandparents were overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Most of them expressed their happiness for inviting them to the school and spending some precious time with their grandchildren in the school.
Teachers’ day celebration was held at the school on 4th September along with children. We started the day with a special prayer service at the assembly. The trainees decorated the school notice board and conducted some games and performed dances for the teachers. We felicitated our office staff Mrs.Vivetta Pereira for completing 25 years of dedicated service at Dilkhush. Our Manager Sr.Margaret Durom distributed saplings to the teachers as a symbol of nurturing life. In the afternoon PTA arranged a lunch for the teachers at Pebbles, Juhu Residency. All of us had a very enjoyable day.
We celebrated Independence day in the School on 15th August, 2015. The National Flag was hoisted by Master Nitin Sing from JobSkill 2 Class. He participated in the Special Olympics World Summer Games, Los Angeles -2015 and won a Bronze medal for Basket Ball. PTA felicitated Nitin Singh for his great achievement on Independence day. The first year trainees sang Patriotic songs and the children performed a skit.