Southern Railway Women’s Headquarters Organization celebrated 30th anniversary of Ashraya school for special children
Smt. Sonia Singh, President, Southern Railway Women’s Headquarters Organisation and committee members celebrated the 30th anniversary of Ashraya, a school for specially challenged children run by the Women’s organisation at Chennai Egmore.
35 children who are presently being trained by Ashraya School participated in the anniversary function and showcased their talents. Sweets and study materials were distributed to the students.
Ashraya, a School for Special Children
Ashraya, a school cum vocational training centre, exclusively run for the special children was started on 08th February, 1993. Offering individualized educational programmes for children from the age of six years, the main objective of this institution is to make these special children independent and self-reliant by emphasising on self help skills, academics, pre-vocational skills and vocational training.
The programme base for these special children is IEP – Individualised Educational Programme. Yoga, play therapy, arts & crafts and vocational training form part of the extra-curricular activities. The staff of Ashraya is qualified specially to impart education to these children. Ashraya offers vocational training for children aged 16 years and above in making chalk, envelopes, files, phenyl, covers, diyas, bouquets and candles. The sale proceeds of the products are disbursed among the students as an incentive and as a token of the Organisation’s efforts to make them self-reliant and independent. The students of Ashraya have proved that given the right kind of atmosphere and training, they can not only be self-sufficient but can also excel in the field of computer education, sports, arts and crafts. At present, 35 special children are studying at Ashraya Special School.