By Alok Mohit
Patna: As part of Dyslexia Awareness Month activities, Kilkari Bal Bhawan, department of education, Bihar government, and voluntary organisation Change In Foundation, in collaboration with 15 bodies working in thee filed of education, organised an awareness and sensitisation programme on dyslexia.
The event was held on the Kilkari Bal Bhawan premises in Patna’s Saidpur locality.
In her address on the occasion, of Kilkari Bal Bhawan director, Dr Jyoti Parihar, emphasised the critical need to provide primary-level services to children affected by dyslexia, a learning disorder that involves difficulty in reading due to problems identifying speech sounds and learning how they relate to letters and words.
Parihar highlighted the urgency of early screening and parental support for children with such disabilities.
Dr. Tapas Ranjan Roy, programme manager of Change In Foundation, Bihar, underscored his organisation’s commitment to working closely with the department of education to ensure continuous efforts for the education of children with dyslexia and specific learning disabilities. “Research suggests that 15 to 20 per cent of children may be affected by dyslexia, making it essential for collective efforts in their identification, education, and rehabilitation,” he said.
As part of Dyslexia Awareness Month, similar awareness programmes are being organised in 21 cities across the country.
The event in Patna commenced with an informative session on dyslexia at Kilkari Bal Bhawan’s auditorium. In this session, children, their parents, teachers, and educators actively participated. Following the sensitisation session, a ‘Walk for Dyslexia’ was organised on the premises, with children, parents, and education department officials taking part in it.
The event saw the presence of prominent individuals from various foundations and organisations, including Mr. Manjeet Singh from the Dost Foundation, Dr. Avanish Ranjan from the Aparajita Foundation, Mr. Subham Kumar, and Mr. Mohammad Sayed Zeyaul Haque from AK Creations, among others.
(Author Alok Mohit is former senior News Editor of Hindustan Times Patna and Chandigarh editions; can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)