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Mizoram welcomes its first school for the deaf

Mizoram, the southernmost sister of the north eastern states, saw the opening of their first deaf school in the state’s capital city Aizwal. Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh were the only two states in Northeast not to have a deaf school.

But, this year, the former opened its first school for children with hearing impairment. The proud moment was inaugurated by the social welfare minister of the state, PC Lalthanliana on 8th December 2016.

The school is a joint initiative between the state government and the Hearing Impaired Parents’ Society of Mizoram (HIPSOM). HIPSOM and the government intend to work hand in hand for the further advancement of the school. The social welfare minister is hoping for the school to receive central funding and has been vocal about his support for the school and its staff. The school will supposedly use the American Sign Language for communicating with the deaf children and the universality of the sign language would make sure that the children can learn and live as regular citizens of the world and can pursue higher education in any part of the globe. The school has started its work with 19 children and the numbers are expected to shoot with the push by the government. The school will enroll children from the 1st to the 8th grade. The social welfare minister, PC Lalthanliana, praised the initiative and proclaimed it as a huge step taken towards creating educational opportunities for those with hearing disabilities.

ISHITA LOHANI | TOC
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