Recognition for 13 Kudumbasree Special Schools

Thirteen more Buds Special schools, 12 of them in Ernakulam district, for the rehabilitation of differently-abled children have recently been recognized by the Department of Education, Government of Kerala.

BUDS Special School is an initiative of the Kudumbasree poverty eradication mission, which with the new approvals, runs 31 schools for special children across the State.

One of the schools recently approved is in Alappuzha district.

The schools in other parts of the State include one each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts; two each in Alappuzha and Malappuram districts; 13 in Ernakulam; seven in Kozhikode and five in Kannur, said information posted on the Kudumbasree website.

The number of children enrolled in these schools, run and backed by the respective local panchayats, has gone up to 861.

The BUDS school idea stemmed from a locally felt requirement for taking care of the special children in the poor families.

Most often these children were not getting proper attention as both their parents had to work during day hours to provide for the family.

The community-based initiative was taken up after survey of the health of the people and their requirements in the respective panchayats. Eighteen Buds schools were established in the first phase.

The BUDS Special School in Choornikkara panchayat, near Aluva, is one of the first in the State.

The BUDS schools provide free education as well as some scholarships to the children and impart training in various activities.

The Department of Education approval for the new schools implies that that they will now be eligible for State support and grants under programmes like the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Central schemes like the Deendayal Rehabilitation Programme.

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