Society needs to broaden its thoughts towards differently able children — Mr Anoop Mishra, IAS, Chief Secretary, UP
‘International Innerscape-2011′, an event of City Montessori School, Mahanagar (Campus I) with the aim to furnish an international platform to mentally and physically challenged and deaf and dumb children, was inaugurated today at CMS Kanpur Road auditorium. On this occasion, the large gathering of differently abled children arrived from India and abroad conveyed message that they are no less than any one. During the inaugural ceremony of International Innerscape-2011, CMS children presented several colourful educational-cultural items giving out the message to the society that handicap is not a barrier in progress. Earlier, the Chief Guest, Mr Anoop Mishra, IAS, Chief Secretary, UP, lit the lamp of learning and ceremoniously inaugurated the function. It is worth mentioning that CMS Mahanagar (Campus I) is organizing International Innerscape-2011 from 21 to 23 December for the differently abled children in which approximately 300 participants from India and abroad are displaying their capabilities in various Interesting contests.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Guest, Mr Anoop Mishra, IAS, Chief Secretary, UP, said that the efforts of CMS to chisel the skills of differently abled children and showcase it to the society is the inspiration for the whole society. He said that although these children may be considered weak yet they possess same quality as the normal children and they only need proper love and honour of society. Mr Mishra stressfully said that the society must widen its thinking about these lovely children to build a happy society. He also praised the Secretary of Innerscape and the Principal of CMS Mahanagar (Campus I), Ms Nalini Sharad for providing opportunity to highly talented disabled children to showcase their tremendous outstanding capability.
At the inaugural function, CMS students presented Indian folk music and other educational and inspirational cultural programmes spreading out the message of World Peace in the honour of participating teams and their teachers and kept them spellbound. Function started with All Religion and World Peace Prayer. Students discussed several issues related to global problems and suggested their solutions in the World Parliament programme. Students also presented song, dance and music.
Earlier, at the afternoon session, the participating students from all over the country, who have come to Lucknow to attend this international event opened their hearts to the press in the press conference. Holy Cross Convent School, Thane, Mumbai said that for many days we had been practising for this international festival and preparing to come here. It not only accelerated our learning abilities but also instilled self confidence, pride and enthusiasm in us. With great emotion, they expressed their sincere gratitude towards City Montessori School for giving them the opportunity to showcase talents in an international arena. Students from Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Pune, said that we can win over our physical and mental deformities. If we make efforts to consolidate our abilities and God-given gifts and work hard to polish our strengths, we can serve mankind in our own way. Similarly, the Students arrived from Indonesia opined that inspite of being handicapped, we can participate in all the activities like normal children. Praising the CMS hospitality and affection they said that at these things will go down in their hearts and remain with them as sweet memories forever. In the same way, students from various schools and institutes of India and abroad clearly pointed out that they want genuine love and affection but they can stand on their own feet and do not need anyone’s sympathy or pity. They would like to live life to the full and meet all the challenges bravely and smilingly.
Convener of Innerscape-2011 and Principal of CMS Mahanagar (Campus I), Ms Nalini Sharad said that these children do not lack in talent in any way and are bubbling with eagerness and enthusiasm which cannot be suppressed. With the objective of encouraging them, we are organizing Innerscape International. Ms Sharad said that the contests of Innerscape-2011 have been prepared especially for these children keeping their all round development in view. She said that the children have shown keen interest in these competitions. The Founder of CMS and well-known educationist, Dr Jagdish Gandhi, present in the conference said that the gathering of these students from various parts of India gives us the message that we must not feel defeated in life and all the hurdles should be crossed smoothly with smiles. Dr Gandhi told that we ourselves are getting honoured by honouring these students. He viewed that these dumb and deaf children don’t require our sympathy rather they are capable of sympathizing with us. These children have hidden talents and skills which can be proved beneficial for the world. So it is our duty to provide them a place in society, which they truly deserve.
Chief Public Relations Officer of CMS, Mr Hari Om Sharma informed that contests of ‘International Innerscape-2011′ will start tomorrow at 10 am which includes Picture a Puzzle, Paint my Canvas, Sculpturistic, debate, Computer skills, Paint Brush, Basket Decoration and Quiz etc. He said that many renowned personalities will be judging the events. Mr. Sharma informed that the participating schools / institutions of Innerscape-2011 are : Holy Cross Convent Special School, Thane (Mumbai); Mentaid, Kolkata; Mata Bhagwanti chadha Niketan, Noida; Blind Welfare Council, Gujarat; Savali Association For Mr.& C.P. Children, Pune; Manovikas Charitable Society, Delhi; Viklang Kendra (Umang School), Allahabad; NIMH Secunderabad I, Secunderabad; Spastics Centre Kanpur, Kanpur; Astha Basti Vikas Kendra, New Delhi; Balvantray Mehta Vidya Bhawan, New Delhi; Mangal Murti Viklang Trust, Junagadh, Gujarat; J. R. H. University, Chitrakoot; Jeevan Jyoti Community Center, Sitapur; Nav Jyoti Institute for Mentally Handicapped, New Delhi; Benzy, New Delhi; NIMH Secunderabad II Special Education Center, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh; National Institute of Visually Handicapped, Dehradun; Special Education Okhla Center, New Delhi; Bal Kalyan Sanstha, Pune; Umang Special School, Allahabad; Saanidhya Residential School, Mangalore; Amar Jyoti School, New Delhi; B.M.Institute of Mental Health, Ahemdabad; Nov Jyoti School, Indira Nagar, Lucknow; Asmita (Indira Nagar), Lucknow; Study Hall, Lucknow; Nab Lucknow, Lucknow; Navdeep Vishisht Vidyalaya, Lucknow; SNEH Viklang P. Sansthan, Lucknow; Awwa Asha School, Lucknow; Sparc India Jyoti Kiran School, Lucknow; Pyssum Day Care Center, Lucknow; S.S.Public School, Lucknow; Learning Center, Rajajipuram, Lucknow and CMS Mahanagar, Campus I, Lucknow etc.