DARE School (Developmental Activities in Rehabilitative Education) just celebrated its silver year of providing education and supporting the development of differently abled children in the Munnar region. The school is part of Srishti Trust, a community development project located in Munnar and supported by Tata Global Beverages. To find out more, please click here to watch a short film on DARE and their progress so far.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of DARE, an International Conference themed ‘Recent Trends in Special Education for Young Persons with Special Needs’ was organised. The conference shared views, experiences and research findings on innovative ways to rehabilitate differently abled students educationally and vocationally thereby enabling them to be independent, self-motivated, and valuable members of society. Reputed national and international speakers from Sweden, Israel, Australia, and USA addressed the gathering of over 170 people on 11th and 12th February 2017. Some of the topics discussed included 'child-friendly classes', 'earning a livelihood with dignity', 'inclusive education: retrospection from paternal perspective', 'models of special education & inclusive education: challenges, gaps and possibilities' etc.
This milestone event received coverage in several key media. Amongst them is an interesting feature by Your Story, India's no. 1 media technology platform dedicated to promoting India’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Click here to read the article which takes you on a journey of the various units under the Srishti umbrella that further rehabilitate and empower Munnar’s differently-abled. Set up in 1991, Srishti comprises of 6 units - DARE, Nisarga (strawberry unit), Athulya (manufactures handmade paper and paper products), The Deli (confectionery unit), The Garden Project (fruits, vegetables and flowers cultivation) and Aranya Naturals (natural dye and special effects project that includes tie and dye, shibori, batik and block printing).
More press coverage on Srishti and DARE’s 25th anniversary celebration can be found on these links: Times of India print and online ,Hindustan Times and Press Trust of India (PTI)