Malsawm Ability Resource Centre (MARC) envisions the facilitation of capacities to meet the needs of persons with disabilities in the region. The experiences and lessons learnt have made CCI realize the need to address varied and unique, but appropriate intervention beyond education and health. Hence, CCI believes that it would be best to build/develop a campus where most of its existing and future activities can be stationed at one composite place and therefore, procured land for the campus. The campus is situated at Pearsonmun Village, Churachandpur, Manipur and its foundation-stone has been unveiled by Pi Lise Grande, the UN Resident Co-ordinator and the UNDP Resident Representative of India and dedicated to the Lord by Rev S Vung Minthang, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Baptist Convention (EBC) in 2013.
The MARC sees itself in a position as all in one plate-form which may help persons with disabilities (PwDs) to enable their abilities to enjoy a dignified life.
Components of MARC:
The Malsawm Initiative
The Malsawm Initiative (A school for Children with Special Needs) is a centre based unit under Malsawm Ability Resource Centre (MARC). The first of its kind school in the District, inaugurated by His Excellency Gurbachan Jagat, Governor of Manipur in 2011 with 15 children with crossed disabilities. Now, it accommodated 33 children with disabilities. The school has up to Class V standard and increase every year. More than 10 students could join regular school till date. Students are placed according to their abilities in Play Group, Pre-Academic group, Class-I, Class-II, Class-III, Class-IV and Pre-Vocational Group. Each class is looked after by one Special Educator and one Classroom Assistant with support from School Mother. TMI currently accommodates 33 regular students with 10 regular staffs.
Therapeutic Services Unit
Children from the above mentioned interventions and other PwDs are provided therapeutic services as needed. Therapeutic services have been already benefitted by many children. In total, 48 children (30 boys and 18 girls) have been provided support under this Unit.
Early Intervention Unit
Children with disabilities between 0-3 years are provided appropriate services according to their needs. Graduated students from this Unit joined regular classes at TMI. 15 children are provided services this year.
Home Based Care Unit
Provided services to PwDs which limit their movement outside from home due to severe physical impairments, children of parents with disabilities, single parent or employed parents with no guardian to bring them to the centre.
Skill Development & Vocational Rehabilitation Unit
Children with disability and their parents are given training under this unit. This is in the very initial stage and we look toward expansion of the unit under this project. Encouraging children of TMI by developing their skill.
CCI is also closely working with NABARD for short term skill Development trainings for persons with disabilities. It conducted 13 days for Adult PwDs on food processing and artificial flower making.
Inclusive Education (IE) is a new approach towards educating children with disabilities and learning difficulties with that of normal ones within the same roof. It brings all students together in one classroom and community, regardless of their strengths or weaknesses in any area, and seeks to maximize the potential of all students.
Regional Action for Inclusive Education in North East (RAISE-NE) is a project to promote inclusive education in the North East with 15 NGO partners from five states – Manipur, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland with the support of three international NGO- CBM, Light of the World and Liliane Fonds/Jan Vikas Samati.
It has the support and permission from Manipur SSA and works closely with the District Administration of Churachandpur. With five selected SSA/Govt. Schools, CCI is working to make an inclusive education a reality. The five selected schools in the District are Gandhi Memorial High School, Vimala Raina High School, Rengkai Govt. Higher Secondary School, SSA Residential School and Tuibuong Junior High School.
The project is to complement and supplement the RTE Act and Rights for Persons with Disabilities Act 2016 (RPD Act) where CCI is fully committed to an inclusive education and an inclusive society in general. CCI has two dedicated Special Educators with supporting staff to advocate for implementation of the project.
Partnering With Private Schools
With inclusive education always at the forefront, TMI has been closely working on it with several private schools in town. Capacity building of teachers on specific topics through workshops were organised for the other regular school teachers which benefits not only the teachers of the schools, but also the teachers of TMI too. Modules are also being developed so that a formal and streamlined capacity building of both the schools can be conducted.