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Purpose of Project
When we were asked to choose a topic to do something in Goa so that we could give back to the society, enthusiastically, we picked up Give to Receive. The basic idea was to be able to help those who actually need it by seeking support from those who have excess. We started approaching various organizations with our idea and tried aligning our objectives with theirs. With the way the things panned out for us, and knowing that another group was working with the children at First Point, we chose to collect donations for the children there. With the credibility of the organization in place, there was no doubt that the help would reach the needy. Hence, we began or efforts in that direction. Alongside, through the help of one of our group member’s father, we got introduced to Spandan. This organization was dedicated to the case of helping mentally challenged students, who primarily were slow learners. These students cannot match the pace of things done in their respective schools and thus needed hand holding to be able to be completely independent. On interacting with the founder at Sapndan, Ms. Marita Adams, we realized the kind of efforts and dedication that she has put in the organization. She highlighted two of her major concerns for Spandan and we offered to help her, to the best extent possible. Those concerns include: Designing a curriculum for Maths for these students since the dropout rate for this subject was increasing. Arranging funding for the organization since it would get difficult for her to sustain the initiative in a matter of a year.
Spandan is a registered charitable trust NGO based in Goa. It was founded in 2007 by Dr. Marita Adams. The NGO aims to spread the message of “Learning for All”. It promotes the education for vulnerable section of the society especially the children with learning disabilities. It works closely with other government bodies, organizations and community to achieve its goal. Dr. Adams had been pioneering the inclusion of children with LEARNING DISABILITIES (LDs) into the mainstream educational system which doesn’t recognize their needs and potential. This takes away the fair share of opportunity away from them. A medical doctor by profession Dr. Adams have successfully set up the resource centers in mainstream schools of Goa for LD through special needs scheme by Directorate of education , Goa government , came into force because of her recommendations. Some of the key activities undertaken by Spandan are:-
Setting up of Remedial Centre for children with LD
Conducting Training workshops for Teachers, Parents and Professionals Participation as Resource personnel for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and Nirmala Institute of Education for LD Undertaken English Language Development Programme for children of STD I and Std VI at a school in Chimbel, Goa. Working on development of a curriculum with children of special needs at SSC level Advocating the cause in community and to policy makers.
Extending working for the cause further certain publications had been issued by Spandan and Dr. Adams. These publications help train other teachers and professionals in imbibing the needful facts about LD and how to tackle with it. Some of them are: “Ensuring Children learn” Article in Teacher Plus (Magazine by Orient Longman’s Publishing Group, Hyderabad). Sept – Oct 04, Vol II No. 5 “Helping the Child with Learning Difficulties” Manual
Training Material for teachers and other professionals
Phonics Based Reading, Spelling and Language Development Workbooks (for children with LD) Purpose of Project
Give goa project aimed to inculcate the sense of giving back to the society in management students. This encouraged them to use their managerial and other...
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