In a bid to sensitise people and spread awareness about autism as well as the inclusion of autistic children/adults in all walks of life, Lourdes Convent High School, Saligao organised an inter-school drawing competition on the topic ‘Inclusion’ for regular students and children with autism. It was held on the occasion of ‘World Autism Awareness Day’ on school campus.
The competition saw participation of five schools wherein 32 students with autism were paired with 32 regular students of the school.
Teacher, Lourdes Convent High School, Saligao, Eunice D’souza said: “With the sole purpose of inclusion, this is the first time we organised a drawing competition for children with autism along with regular students.”
Talking about what she expects from the event, headmistress, Lourdes Convent School, Sr Joanita Mendes said that every child is important to society because they are the future. She said: “Every child has a role to play in the society and schools have to cater them. When you put them in a regular school, they get space to grow and learn from other students.” She added that through this competition they wanted to make people aware about autism and also provide a platform for children to showcase their talent.
The judge for the competition, artist Clarice Vaz said that it is a good initiative of getting other schools involved together.
The first place was given to Immanuel Fernandes from Holy Cross School, Bastora and Suyash Naik from Lourdes Convent; second place was given to Prabhav Dhamaskar from Manovikas English Medium School, Margao and Samrudhi from Lourdes Convent and third place was awarded to Tanisha Sutej Pokle from SFX Siolim and Angelina D’Souza. And participation certificates were given to all the participants.
The event concluded with a cultural programme with performances by the school students.