A two-day seminar on 'Inclusive Education and Social Diversity in Bihar' is being held in Patna on 28-29 June at A.N. Sinha Institute for Social Studies organised by Delhi-based NGO Deshkal Society in association with Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme, which is an initiative of the UK Government's Department for International Development (DFID). The seminar will be marked by the panel discusions and release of resource material on inclusive education.
The main objective of the seminar is to build and
broaden the perspectives, policies and practices on inclusive primary
education through teacher-training, advocacy and consultative
processes with the civil society organisations, PACS partners and the
department of education of Bihar.
According to the organizers of the seminar, the
Inauguration session will be attended by Jeetan Ram Manjhi, Chief
Minister; Birshin Patel, Education Minister and Jyoti Devi, MLA of
Bihar. The key invitees of the seminar are Dhir Jhingran of UNICEF;
Shaibal Gupta of ADRI, AK Pandeya of Research and Training;
Hasan Waris of SCERT, and Arvind Mishra of Jawaharlal Nehru
University and local educationists.
The seminar is being organized for the educational
functinaries of Bihar, education-related NGOs, teacher education
institutions, district officials and representatives of international
organizations working in the social sector in Bihar.
The seminar will be marked by release of five themed
resource materials on inclusive education and social diversity,
namely, Positive Discipline in the Inclusive Learning-Friendly
Classrooms; Inclusive Classroom and Social Diversity: Myths and
Challenges; Sanskara; Need for Excellence, Not Literacy; and The
Desire for Education.