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Umang Education & Research Centre for the Hearing Impaired
Our mission as an institute is to provide the best possible education to deaf children to help them become contributing members of society and lead an independent and fulfilling lives.
In a country where schooling means rote learning, overcrowding, and lack of access to reliable information, Umang has dedicated itself to making education a joy and a vehicle for personal freedom and social justice for deaf children.
We strive to bring about a change in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in society- deaf children, especially deaf girls, whose problems though invisible are profound and have far reaching consequences on their lives.
It is the vision of Umang to strive to be the model and the vehicle through which education systems for all deaf children are transformed (all over the country) so that they may all have
access to a quality, culturally relevant education
lead independent, dignified and fulfilling lives
engage in the social, economic, and political problems confronting their communities and country and become socially and environmentally aware citizens.
We believe that true empowerment only comes when individuals have choices which they can exercise, and that comes through proper education alone.
Education is the cornerstone for human development. It opens up avenues otherwise closed, enabling persons to make informed choices about their lives. All children are unique and deserve the right to quality education and the opportunity to develop their full potential.
The school operates on the defining principle that learning is ongoing and intrinsic to life. We strongly feel that learning should be a joyous experience for all. We strive to make learning a pleasure and everyday a joy for our children. It is our endeavor to create a non- threatening environment which encourages children to explore and learn and constantly expand their experiences and horizons. Education has to be need based. Each child is unique with his or her own specific needs
The Shrimad Rajchandra Seva Kendra (Trust) was constituted and registered as a non- governmental (NGO), non-profit, public charitable trust in 2004. Since its inception, it has been running the Umang Education and Research Centre for the Hearing Impaired. The Institute receives no aid from the state government or the municipal corporation. It depends mainly on donations for its functioning. Yet, it strives to provide quality holistic education, free of cost to hearing impaired children between the ages of 1 to 2 months and 18 years, living in and around Ahmedabad, irrespective of religion, caste or gender. It helps needy and deserving families by providing them with books and materials, uniforms, and transport. It has helped a large number of children by getting sponsorships for their hearing aids and education.
The Institute is currently functioning from premises given free of cost by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. It started as the Shri Shantikumar Kothari Trust in 2003 with 32 children and 6 staff in 6 rooms. Today, under the Shrimad Rajchandra Seva Kendra, it provides services to over 100 children, with 23 staff in 14 rooms and the numbers continue to grow.
A great deal of emphasis is placed on the overall development of the child. Learning to communicate using language is the most important part of a deaf child’s education. The focus through the pre- primary and primary years is on developing effective communication skills unique for each child, which include signs and spoken language, speech reading, auditory processing, reading and writing skills along with age appropriate motor, cognitive and social skills through meaningful activities like play, music, rhythm and dance; yoga, computers, drama, sports, and art and craft along with numerous field trips and celebrations of different festivals and culture.