More awareness on disabled sportspersons to be created in schools

The central government plans to introduce a chapter on disabled sportspersons from the next academic session as one of the ways to move towards greater inclusion.

This is the first time such an initiative is being started. The chapter will also focus on the opportunities available under various schemes of the government for the disabled.

Athletes like Deepa Malik, who won a medal in the 2016 Paralympic Games, could feature in the chapter. This will be started in all NCERT textbooks. All the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) affiliated schools follow the NCERT curriculum.

A meeting in this regard was held between officials of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities, Ministry of Human Resource Development and Sports Authority of India. The chapter could form part of the curriculum from classes 5 to 9, but a final decision hasn't yet been taken.

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