FAISALABAD: ‘Special Olympic Games’ were held at the main campus of the Tanzeem-ul-Lisan school on Friday to mark the World Day for Special Persons.
Over 500 special children participated in various events including races, tug-of-war, 3-leg-race, spoon race, cricket matches and an eating competition. The chief guest, Faisalabad DCO Naseem Sadiq, also participated in several events. Speaking to the participants, the DCO said that the main objective of the world day for special persons was to highlight the rights of special people. “Our purpose on this day is to illustrate that special children and citizens are a vital part of our society and that they need to be incorporated in our work force and every aspect of our lives,” he said, adding that Pakistan could not afford to alienate the disabled community.
It is the joint responsibility of the civil society and the government to pay attention to issues regarding the rehabilitation of special people and to highlight their achievements in the mainstream for national development, stated Sadiq.The government official said that volunteer institutions engaged in imparting education to special children should be commended and encouraged because they were enabling these children to have a brighter future by overcoming their disabilities. He assured full cooperation to such institutions and said that the district government would help in widening the circle of social activities to improve the standard of education for special children. He appreciated the performance of the Tanzeemul Lisan on rendering exemplary services for the education and rehabilitation of so many disabled children and also distributed prizes among the position holders.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 5th, 2010.