No School for Special Children
There are 112 primary schools, 34 middle schools and 23 high schools Wokha, but not one for children with special need. However, the Right to Education bill' 2009, for the first time, gives disabled children statutory right to education. Clause 3 (2) of the bill specifically mentions that a disabled child "shall" have the right to free and compulsory education in accordance with chapter V of the Disabilities Act.
Chapter V exclusively deals with education for special children. But in small towns like Wokha, where Renchano's family lives, children with special needs have no option but stay uneducated as 'normal' schools can not cater to their needs. These schools lack the infrastructure that special children need. They also do not have education materials that can help a special child overcome learning difficulties. So even if they are technically admitted by a mainstream school, it can't educate special children. The boy with special need in Renchano's video is her own nephew who has been deprived of his rights to education, as there are no schools where he can learn. Watching a teenager grow up only to have a bleak future is an agony for any family with children like Pilamo. Renchano and her family share this agony. It was this agony and frustration that led Renchano to produce the video, because children with special need had been ignored for a long time and Renchano felt, as a community correspondent, she has a responsibility to highlight their plight. Around 1,331,338 people in India today have Down Syndrome. About 36,000 babies are born with Down syndrome every year. This is 16% of all those born globally. Must all these children remain ignored even when they have a constitutional right to education? That is the question Renchano asks.