BIJBEHARA: In a bid to bridge gap between children, facing different handicaps and the ones who don’t, an inclusive sports festival was organized at the Sports Stadium, here in Jablipora area of Bijbehera on Wednesday.
The one day festival was organized by Humanity Welfare Organization Helpline (HWOW), Bijbehara-supported by United Way India where students from at least three government schools came forward and teamed up with disabled children to participate in different games.
According to organizers students from Government Middle School Goriwan, Middle School Ahangar Mohalla and Middle School Saraf Mohalla came forward to participate in the festival.
A cricket match, carom contests, badminton matches and other games were played as a part of the festival.
Chairman of the HWOW, Javed Ahmad Tak, told Kashmir Reader that atleast 130 participants took part in the festival. “It’s an attempt to break barriers, if any, between disabled and normal children in the society,” Tak said, adding that the festival was also aimed at capacity building of the children with disabilities. Moreover, Tak said, watching disabled youth play with vigor gives hope to the children who are battling disabilities.
Tak, who was disabled himself in a militant attack, runs the Zaiba Aapa Institute of Inclusive Education-an Institute meant for children with all kinds of disabilities.
He said that such festivals also help eradicating stereotypes people have of the disabled people.
The festival was presided by Zonal Education Officer (ZEO) Bijbehara, Abdul Gani Bhat and Zonal Education Planning Officer (ZEPO) Ghulam Nabi Bhat.
Prizes were also distributed among the winners and medals were given to the participants.