SRINAGAR: Insha Mushtaq, a teenager girl from Shopian’s Sedhu village, who lost both her eyes after hit by pellets, is finally back to schools. Insha got admission in DPS Srinagar’s Special Education Needs (SEN) department.
The 16-year-old girl was among the youngest victims of pellets fired by forces. Insha was hit by pellets on the evening of July 11, 2016, three days after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed. This year, she cleared her class 10 examinations. .
“Since morning, I have been receiving congratulatory phone calls after the news about Insha’s admission spread,” Insha’s father Mushtaq Ahmad said adding that the entire family is happy.
“First six months, she will have to go through a training session where she would be fully trained in the art of braille system, computers, and English language only then she will be in a position to sit in classes,” Mushtaq told a local news agency.
DPS Srinagar is the only school in valley that offers education to specially-abled children. In January 2012, two teachers from DPS were sent by management to New York to get trained and equipped with modern techniques used to teach special children.
“SEN unit has a focus to make specially-abled students computer savvy so that they are not left behind in any way. The idea behind the working of SEN is that education provided should be child-centric, activity-based using kinesthetic approach,” a DPS official said.
He said they use softwares like Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) – free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. “It reads the text on the screen in a computerized voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard.”
Center for Peace and Justice – an institute working to assist and help rehabilitate victims of violence in J&K – is instrumental in the educational rehabilitation of pellet victim Insha Mushtaq.
“First chief minister Mehbooba Mufti assured her full support and later (Hurriyat leader) Shabir Ahmad Shah but nothing fruitful happened. We at CFPJ made sure that Insha gets her education properly,” Director CFPJ said.