You might of heard of Maternal bond, Paternal bond i.e. the bonding of mother or father to their child.
But have you heard of inclusive bond? Maybe what I witnessed today in a child care centre, a special bonding between the normally-abled teacher and the differently-abled child is an Inclusive bond.
Having started thinking about inclusion lately, I went to a school of special kids with 2 other friends to check if the differently-abled kids could perform for India Inclusion Summit 2014.
Upon entering the school we were greeted by 2 teachers of the school and were taken to a round table for further discussion.
My friend started with a brief introduction on what’s India Inclusion Summit, its journey and so on about its various projects on creating Inclusive India. With a beautiful smile the teachers listened to us and nodded back. When it was time for them to speak one of the teachers started…
· Our kids are
Ø Obedient than the normal kids, keep their shoes aligned in shoe racks
Ø Highly talented
Ø Willful, neither bothered about any pain nor are apprehensive about anything
- They are sparkling stars who have given varied performances like singing, dancing, skits etc. at various occasions and have won several accolades with pride
- Even we teachers might commit mistakes at times but not our kids. They do exactly what’s taught to them and stick to it.
Our kids do not have any stage fear
And so on….
When we further discussed on how hard it was to train, teach them. Yet again the teacher answered with a graceful smile…
For sure it takes so much time to teach, train the kids in doing various activities, but that does not tire us. We feel very happy watching every step of our kids and get delighted at even on the minute progress they make. Every little movement, dialogue, any scanty progress in a kid, becomes talk of the day for us during our lunch breaks or leisure hours. Be it saying a word or responding to a greeting, showing a gesture, we feel so victorious at every tiny little achievement of our kids.
There was so much delight on the teacher’s face while explaining her kid’s achievements, the much needed care that to me it looked as if I was watching a mother share her excitement on her baby’s every little movement since the time it has come into the world.
I have heard, seen many mothers, fathers share their babies pictures, stories, videos of every little act as they grow so enthusiastically.However to me the enthusiasm of the teacher explaining about her special kids so ardently was no less to joy of any other mothers or fathers.
May be this bonding between a normally abled teacher and a differently-abled kid is what is the sacred inclusive bond. I am sure it is this inclusive bond that has kept this amazing teacher bonded with her special kids intact from the last 14 years .
Without such inclusive bond it might not be possible for any to be so kind, generous, humble, and patient, persevere fighting the odds with such fighters.
On the other hand today, it was also disheartening for me to hear about teachers, therapists getting lured with higher pays and snatched away from the real needy. This is a worrisome situation in our society to be thought upon and acted.
Though the inclusive bond might not be so fragile, it is always subject to damage when luring factors such as money, perks peek in.
Won’t it be disheartening to see a mother or father leave their baby? In the same manner is it not throbbing to see the sacred inclusive bond damage and let a teacher or therapists desert the much needed kid?
Now, if we could wake up, support, spread awareness on inclusion then I am sure together we can secure and safeguard the inclusive bond.
As I reach the end of this post, I get a mail confirming a Yakshagana performance of the differently-abled at India Inclusion Summit 2014. I am dazzled!! That’s the power of inclusive bond that the teacher portrayed today!!
Impossible is possible for those who believe in self, ready to fight the odds and persevere!!
Come witness live the inspiring performances at IndiaInclusion Summit 2014.
Let us be inclusive, drive inclusion and let the differently-abled to walk their way of success a bit more easily on the vigor of an inclusive bond.