An awareness programme on “Embracing Disability, Cultivating Inclusion” was organised by the Fairyland Special School and St. Andre Panchayat, Goa-Velha in north Goa in association with the Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) on Tuesday.

Carmo Pegado, chairman of the Fairyland Special School, highlighted the need of inclusive education and importance of guiding the children to an inclusive society.

International Day for Persons with Disabilities, observed every year on December 3, aims at promoting an awareness of disability issues and the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities.

In Goa, there were many villages where people were not aware of the facilities and the children were kept at home without any exposure to enhance their development, said Avelino De Sa, president of DRAG, who spoke at the programme.

Mr. De Sa highlighted various schemes available to benefit the persons with disabilities.

In an inter-school colouring competition held to mark the occasion, Glenda Gonsalves of Fr. Agnel Central School, Pilar, won the first prize while Deepishka Khandeparkar of St. Andrew’s High School, Goa-Velha, secured the second prize.

In the interschool drawing competition, Ashraf Mohammad of St. Andrew’s High School, Goa-Velha won first while Chandrakant M. Tamoskar of Montessori Primary School won the second prize.

In the interschool poster competition, Popular English High School bagged the first while St. Andrew’s High School stood second.