- NATIONAL PROJECT
National Pilot Project to integrate the mentally challenged to family and community, and the national program which followed were occasions to ever remember for the mentally challenged and their families all over India. National Pilot Project was inaugurated by Prime Minister of India Shri. A. B. Vajpayee on 29th June 1998.These programs conceptualized and carried out by Central Institute on Mental Retardation have reached 40,000 families in 23 states of India. Central Institute on Mental Retardation has mobilized volunteers from all over India, trained them in Delhi, Thiruvananthapuram and Guwahati. With the active participation of volunteers , mentally challenged children were identified and trained to integrate with the main stream. Shape – based teaching material, and a hand book “Home a School” were the tools for this training programs aimed at mothers with their As a follow- up of the National Project , 30 centers with a minimum of 10 children were opened in Delhi. In Kerala also, more than 79 centers were opened in the 84 panchayats of Thiruvananthapuram district. The Center has a wide range of musical instruments, ample learning space, and a well-equipped auditorium. Professional music teachers put in their hearts and souls into developing hidden Batches of mentally challenged children and their mothers from each state of our country have the facility to spend a week in Freedom Center for learning new ideas and exploring new possibilities in various forms of arts like Barathanatyam, Mohiniattom, Kuchupudi, Oddissy, Drum, Ballet, Folk dance, Cinematic dance and practice different musical instruments like Veena , Thamburu, Violin, Guitar, percussion instruments and jazz for development of the Continued training was given to children, along with their mothers on special education.
As a part of this program, training to play music instruments was given. The idea was to help mothers participate in artistic activities along with their children. It was envisaged that children ,on seeing the involvement of mothers , would follow their example. In Delhi, and Kerala, the training in arts for mothers and their children were found to be very successful. This paved the way to a program, in which mothers and their children participated in a painting competition. These mothers, who will note the development the Freedom Center has brought into the mentally challenged persons will become positively charged and will decide to teach their children their own rural arts and crafts.
They also will take back new ideas and artistic skills with which they will teach other mothers in their area/locality. The continuous interaction like this will open up new possibilities which will become a trend that can bring about qualitative change in the life of mentally challenged children all over India.The norms were simple and the idea was effective participation, rather than winning prizes. The center – open to children from all parts of the globe – offers long term training in various performing arts in Delhi and Thiruvananthapuram selected paintings of mothers and children were exhibited on 8th December 2011, world disabled day. This program has conclusively proved that, given a chance, mentally challenged children and their families can successfully take part in artistic activities. This is a step which will lead to the social rehabilitation of the mentally challenged. By getting integrated to the society – from which they have kept away, and also which kept them away – they have attained democratic rights.The aim plus would be that it would create employment opportunities for many of them. This fact has been proved by artists of CIMR who get regular invitations for performances. This certainly will help them stand on their own feet.
- CIMR EDUCATION CURRICULUM PILOT PROJECT
The pilot project launched in 30 panchayats of Trivandrum district by CIMR with the full support and encouragement of Department of social Justice government of Kerala is a small beginning of a large movement that can change the destiny of a large number of mentally challenged children of our country.
30 panchayats from 11 blocks of Trivandrum district are chosen and 30 chosen teachers from there panchayats are given training in the 3cs concept.Then each teacher have to find out at least 7 students from their panchayats and take classes for 120 days.The selected children are between the age group of 3 to 15 years.They are given training in CIMR institute.The classes were on the following learning and teaching educational steps.
1. Knowing shapes
2. Making shapes
3. Selecting shapes
4. Combining shapes
5. Home a school
6. Study materials according to 3cs concept
7. Environmental studies
So many positive results were seen in children trained under this project.CIMR is looking forward to do more projects like this for the well being of the mentally challenged childrens.