Census of specially-abled children from Dec 12 to 14

Report to be submitted to the State government on Dec 24

  To ensure that specially-abled children are not kept away from the social mainstream and, they get educational facilities on a par with normal children, the Education department will conduct a special census across Karnataka from December 12 to 14 to identify such children.

Providing integrated education to such children is an important element of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana.

According to the 2001 and 2011 census, around two per cent of the children in the age group of 6 and 14 years are specially-abled. However, the number of such children, according 2012-13 survey, is 1,47,999 (1.76 per cent). In this backdrop, the census aims to make accurate and detailed identification of such children at all levels.

The consolidated report of the special census will be submitted to the government on December 24. The State Project Director, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyana, has issued specific guidelines that have to be followed for the census.

An awareness on the census should be created among the general public. Besides, a coordination committee comprising  representatives from women and child welfare department, department of welfare of disabled and senior citizens, labour welfare department, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department and local organisations has to be constituted for the purpose.

The census should be carried out door-to-door, in each city corporation, city municipal council and town municipal council jurisdictions, villages and in industrial areas.

Special children in the age group of 3 to 18 years should mandatorily be accounted for in the census. Besides, school dropout children should be identified and measures taken to bring them back to schools.

Action plan

Deputy director or deputy project co-ordinator and assistant project co-ordinator should prepare the census action plan at district-level. At the block level, block education officer or block resource person or special teachers should design their plan of action.

At cluster level, cluster resource persons and special teachers should conduct the census jointly. The teams can seek the assistance of staff attached to taluk panchayat, gram panchayat, a representative of NGO and an Asha worker.

Under the community awareness programme of integrated education scheme, each cluster has got Rs 5,000 for the task.

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