Gangtok, September 23 (IPR): Women & Child Development Department, in collaboration with Special School for Speech & Hearing Impaired (Sichey) and Special School for Children Disabilities (Syari), organised a programme to celebrate the International Day of Sign Language, 2022 at Syari, today.
The programme was chaired by Smt. Rama Tamang, Chairperson, SCPCR, accompanied by Dr M. B. Chettri, Joint Commissioner, W&CDD, Shri. Samdup Bhutia, DPO(East), Smt. Yamini Pradhan, DPO(HQ), Smt. Chumsang Palden, D. C. P. O, Gangtok, Smt. Norbu D. Bhutia, Principal(S.S.H.I), Shri. Anil Sharma, Accountant DCPU, Gangtok, Smt. Yojana Thapa, Inspector(Nutrition), AWW/AWH, Urban Slum Project, School Staff of Hearing Impaired and Disabilities.
The theme for this year is “Sign Languages Unite Us,” and to mark this day, AWW (Anganwadi Worker)/ AWH (Anganwadi Helper) presented a SKIT play on Anemia to raise awareness.
Briefing on Indian Sign Language, Dr M. B. Chettri gave a talk on the origin of Sign Language and shared the importance of learning sign language. September 23rd is observed as the International Day of Sign Languages. He added that the United Nations has acknowledged this day to raise awareness of sign language to address the issues of deaf people in their everyday lives.
Chief Guest, Smt. Rama Tamang expressed her gratitude and congratulated all present for making the day possible.
She emphasised support for linguistic identity and cultural diversity for all the people who interact with each other through sign languages.
Adding to this, she extended all possible support to the schools from the Department.
Later in the day, a Yoga session was also conducted by Yoga Instructor Shri. Bhanu Bhakta. Many students participated actively and enthusiastically in the Yoga session.
The programme concluded with Anaemia Screening and health check-ups for students.