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Smiles of Victory: the winners of the quiz contest

Smiles of Victory: the winners of the quiz contest  

It was a quiz with a difference. The scenario was no less feverish as one gets to see in the popular quiz shows on television. Organised by Delhi-based Four Steps, a research, training and rehabilitation centre for disabled children, at the Amphitheatre of India Habitat Centre recently, the participants at the Second State Level Inter-School Quiz Competition for persons with "special needs" were children with disabilities. As many as 35 special and integrated schools across the city took part in the programme.

The programme began with the lighting of lamps by Uma Tuli, Chief Commissioner for Disability and Jayanti Dalmia, Founder Chairperson, Four Steps.

Nai Disha Tamanna was declared the winner and the first runner-up was the Air Force Golden Jubilee School while the second runner-up was Srishti School.

Overwhelmed by the response of the participants, Jayanti said, "The success of the quiz competition held in March last year has motivated us to make this an annual event. Last year, only 18 schools and NGOs had participated and the number has nearly doubled this year." She said, "The aim of the competition is to create awareness regarding the intellectual capacity of the mentally impaired people." Speaking on the occasion, Tuli said, "This is a very exciting and rewarding exercise not only for the children but also for the audience because this is one way of highlighting their potential. This kind of activity should be encouraged."

"Accept them, give them opportunity and understand their activity rather than laugh at their disability," she stressed.

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