Gangtok, 18 Feb (IPR): The 2nd State Level Special Olympics for Children with special needs under the inclusive education programme was held today at West Point Senior Secondary School.
The event was organised by Samagra Shiksha, Human Resource Development Department, with the objective to provide a platform and opportunity to the special children to enhance their talents as well as mainstreaming them and bringing wider awareness on the need to organise such events.
The theme of the Special Olympics was, "My disability has opened my eyes to see my abilities."
The program had Sports & Youth Affairs Minister, RB Subba, as chief guest accompanied by Deputy Mayor Lashey Doma, State Project Director, HRDD, Bhim Thatal, Joint Commissioner, Persons with Disability, Social Welfare Department, Dr MB Chettri, vice president of Indian Cricket Association for Blind, Vivek Kumar Singh, Coach from Jharkhand, Raj Kumar Singh, officials, teachers and children with special needs from the districts.
Speaking at the event, the Minister highlighted the importance and benefits of hosting the Special Olympics for Children with special needs and expressed his gratitude towards the Samagra Shiksha team for putting together the event.
He mentioned that the state government was always ready to help in every possible manner and stated that he was highly inspired to see children doing such great work despite their challenges.
The Minister further thanked the parents and teachers for giving special care, attention and support to students so that they nurture their dreams and create a niche for themselves in society despite challenges and hardships.
“The talent of children with special needs is equivalent to other children. Every single one of you present here has the spirit to excel, therefore you must keep your spirit alive throughout your life,” he said.
GP Upadhyaya, Additional Chief Secretary, HRDD, gave his best wishes to the children and thanked Samagra Shiksha. He expressed hope that such events would help the children in their overall development and further encourage them to give their best in their future engagements.
Vice President of Indian Cricket Association for Blind, Vivek Kumar Singh, also thanked the state government for giving such an immense platform to the Children with special needs.
He also mentioned that if the state government allows, the Association would like to establish a Centre in the state and nurture the cricket talent of these special children.
He also stated that he was very happy to see such talented students supported by such devoted volunteers, teachers and officials.
Various sporting events like Bouncy, football, race, cricket for blind students etc were held during the day. This is the first time that cricket for blind students was organised in the State.
The event concluded with distribution of certificates and trophies to the winners and participants as well as mementos to the guests.