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Amid a pandemic, lockdown and govt apathy, NGOs ensure online education addresses learning needs of disabled children

First Post, India, 11 June 2020 - A two-acre complex in Maharashtra’s Bendshil village, Sangopita is known for offering long term care to its 60 residents, who live with intellectual or physical disabilities. Equipped with a special school and vocational training centre, the facility has trained educators and medical professionals, responsible for the academic interests in addition to the functional and behavioural skills of the students.

However, in a telephonic interview with Firstpost this week, founder Ravindra Sugwekar disclosed that Sangopita has not been able to provide any educational, vocational or language services to its students since 25 March, when the national lockdown was imposed in India due to the coronavirus pandemic.

With nearly 1.26 billion children impacted by the closure of schools globally due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 , the Indian education sector too has witnessed a transformative shift to virtual learning. However, even as several institutions embark on digital platforms to cope with the disruption of traditional pedagogical methods, the glaring absence of the disabled community from mainstream conversations on education raises troubling questions over the sustainability of online academic practice.

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Source: https://www.firstpost.com/india/amid-a-pandemic-lockdown-and-govt-apathy-ngos-ensure-online-education-addresses-learning-needs-of-disabled-children-8460271.html

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