Right since the beginning of time, the one quality that has separated humans from the rest of the animal kingdom is their immense plasticity and their ability to learn new things through observation. This art of observation was the beginning of our education and it helped us ascend to the top of the food chain over the next few centuries. The passage of time saw more refinement in human education, leading to further prosperity and increased life expectancy. One can call it survival of the fittest or simply God’s grace, but the crux of the matter is that it is the education of the human mind that has caused our gradual but unmistakable rise, and it continuous to play the same role even today.
In the present times, a human being devoid of education would be left far behind in almost all walks of life. Keeping that in mind, children today are in dire need of skill-imparting education that enables them to lead a respectful life as adults. A spokesperson of the same school of thought, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India, believed that education was going to play one of the most important roles in the evolution and prosperous growth of our country.
One school that has successfully realised the dream of Maulana Azad is Mata Bhagwanti Chadha Niketan, a school meant for differently-abled children with special needs. Run by the Ponty Chadha Foundation, the school has a vision of providing holistic education to children with special abilities, including rehabilitation services for children with intellectual impairment, autism, cerebral palsy, spectrum disorders, hearing impairment and multiple disabilities. The school has a specially trained faculty that is committed to create an environment which optimises the quality of learning.
Some of the activities that MBCN is involved in are early intervention programmes, speech therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, extra-curricular activities, play and recreation, vocational training and dance therapy. The great Maulana Azad believed that basic education was the fundamental right of each and every child. The same applies to children with special needs as well. At MBCN, no stone is left unturned to help these children walk shoulder to shoulder with other children as capable citizens of this nation.
Nobody knows what the future has in store for us. As prophesied by Abul Kalam Azad himself, only proper education can help secure a better life for us Indians and humans at large. The evolution of humankind is a work in progress, and the more educated we are the better prepared we would be to face every challenge that beckons us.