Source: Amar Ujala (01-Nov-2018)

Sold home for special children's education

From what started in 2008 as a center , in a chawl in Tokavada to a residential school AVANI Mathimand vidhyalaya has come a long way. A journey that started with 2 intellectually disabled – the school has taught over 142 kids till date.

Sprawling over 3 acres campus presently the school caters to 42 students, with varying degree of intellectual disabilities. There are 5 Class rooms and students are divided based age group and IQ range. Teaching and non teaching staff a team of 10 members extends their services in running daily operations of the school. Students are provided with 3 meals a day . Trained in the daily activities and functional literacy , being independent is the main motto of the school.

The team at Avani Vidhyalaya places immense importance on age and level appropriate Vocational orientation to children. The students are trained in various domains of art and craft, agriculture, paper bag making etc. The school does not receive any government aid or grants and runs solely with efforts of Irakshetty family and good will of people.

The school is under the able guidance of Mrs Prathiba Krushna Irakshetti and the “call of service” is very strong for the Irakshetty family, as the entire family chips in the activities and management of the school. Mrs Irakshetti has been bestowed with “Samaj Sevika” award for her women empowerment efforts along with many other the prestigious honours like “Thane Gaurav ” in 2007.

With a clear directive that education is never an exclusive possession of typical development child the school a humble effort in the right direction and promises to shape and built a better and bright future for disabled children in rural India.

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