An Integrated Education For all

Manjupriya, the recipient of ‘Women Icon’ award, 2017, founded her own school. Finally, it turned into an inclusion school for both normal and special kids. Her vision of introducing such a school, which takes special care of such students along with normal students, truly deserves an award!

Sometimes it is hard to introduce yourself because you know about yourself so well that you do not know where to start with. I hope that my impression about myself and your impression about me are not so different. Here it goes.

I am a positive person at every aspect of life. I believe that there are many things to do, see, and learn. I like to read, I like to write, I am a dreamer and very passionate about them.
I come from a middle-class family. I completed my Masters in Engineering and got married before graduation, to a kind man. Life was beautiful as a daughter, but as a daughter-in-law, I faced some challenges. God gave me opportunities to handle different situations. I believe, “Failure is a stepping stone to success.” I was twenty-five and one could not be able to mould me into the situations happening around me. My partner supported me to face every problem, like a ray of light pulling away darkness. I planned to put efforts; my life partner inspired me to follow my passion.

With lots of efforts and honesty, we decided to start a play school. The first hurdle was the setup and their sessions were different. I decided to learn more, so I did field work on it, days turned out, and finally, we were well prepared to execute our ideas. I felt I was going to enjoy this job in my own school. There were many dedicated things, which I had planned to learn from kids, and to teach in return. I got the basic knowledge of business, as I was heading towards that. For the first time, we got 50 admissions and the next preceding year it doubled up. Still, my thirst of passion was not fulfilled. Finally, with all my investment, I started my primary school. By God’s grace, we got one forty children and my view towards the society changed.

Again, something was rolling inside, making me search more about kids and activities involving them. There I came to know more about the need for special children and that was the thing, which totally changed my mind set to a different scenario. With all the data I collected, I approached different therapists. We started admissions and therapy classes for those children and finally it turned into an inclusion school (both normal & special need children learn together).

I gave admission in different standards to different criteria of special needs like Autism, ADHP, physically challenged, learning disability etc. I was totally surprised and shocked to see, that day by day the count of special children approaching my school increased. When I was searching about this in the nearby schools, therapy centres, hospitals, there was not enough knowledge about this Parent's as well as the society was unaware of such initiatives.

Therefore, that was the turning point in life, to do something for the future generation. Then I started inclusion programs, therapies, the Montessori, a way of teaching and activity based learning and a lot more. In addition, successfully my fourth year with these children was so heart-warming. Now, we have occupational therapists to accompany these children, special educator, speech therapists in our school environment. My thirst towards my passion seemed to fulfil now. With this happy note, I want to quote that this success and care towards my children will always continue. As an appreciation for my cause, I received ‘Women Icon’ award, 2017, for the category (changing lives for special need children) from Mr. Thirumavalavan on Women’s Day.

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