To promote sports talents of differently-abled school children, Kerala designs country's first inclusive manual

Another programme, titled Healthy Kids, envisaged to ensure the physical and mental health of children by initiating them into sports and games, would be implemented for primary students of the state-run schools, the minister said
Kerala's sports inclusive programmee
Kerala's sports inclusive programmee(EdexLive photo)

In a good initiative, the Kerala General Education Department has designed a unique "inclusive sports manual" intending to promote the sports talents of differently-abled school children and ensure their participation in the field. With regard to this, State General Education Minister V Sivankutty said that it is the first time that such a document is being designed in the country.

"Steps are being taken to conduct competitions as part of the manual this year itself," he said while addressing a press conference today, Wednesday, July 3. Further, the minister elaborated on various academic and non-academic programmes being implemented by the department in the ongoing academic year, PTI reported.

Another programme, titled Healthy Kids, envisaged to ensure the physical and mental health of children by initiating them to sports and games, would be implemented for primary students of the state-run schools, he further disclosed.

Designed by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), he said the programme was already approved by the curriculum committee, and two books have been prepared as part of it. Additionally, seeking to support autistic children, Model Autism Complexes would be set up in all 14 districts of the state by spending Rs 37.80 crore, the minister detailed.

A total of Rs 121.21 crore worth of projects would be implemented as part of the "inclusive education" programme envisaged for differently-abled children, Sivankutty said. The annual school sports meet will be held from October 18 to 22 in Ernakulam district, he added.

Efforts are being made to change the school sports meet to the model of the Olympics by organising athletes and games together, he said. A special logo, theme, and song are under consideration for the event, the minister added.

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