Welcome to DARE
DARE (Developmental Activities in Rehabilitative
Education) started on the 1st of November 1991 with 29 students. Over
the last 18 years, this centre has worked on rehabilitating mentally and
physically challenged children of plantation workers in Munnar. Right
now, there are 51 children between 3 and 18 years of age with various
disabilities at the Centre.
As part of our rehabilitation program, over the years, many of our
children have successfully joined main stream schools. Others have been
rehabilitated at Srishti itself (Aranya, Athulya, Strawberry Preserve
Making Unit and the Garden)
The children are divided into the following
Play care I & II ( for severely challenged
children training is given in activities of daily living, self help
skills, socialization skills, communication skills, etc.)
Hearing Impaired I & II
Reception I & II ( for mentally challenged, slow
Pre-Vocational Unit (for children above 16 years
life skills such as home management skills, stitching, gardening,
training in arts and crafts, candle making etc. are taught )
The curriculum is developed based on the ability of
the individual child. Emphasis is given to their overall development in
order to make them earning, independent and useful members of society.
Our employee profile is as follows:
Head of the School is the Principal; Mrs. Neela Guha
Thakurta. There are 7 teachers ; Mrs. Thankamma Sunny, Ms. Malathy, Mrs.
Helen Mabel, Mrs. Vijayalekshmi, Mrs. Reena Varghese, Mrs. Rosamma
Francis, Mrs. Mary Rani.Mrs. Liza Antony and Mrs. Shanti Xavier have
also joined us recently.We have one speech therapist; Mrs. Aruna Prabhu
. There are 3 drivers to operate school buses and 4 ayahs to help with
the personal needs of the students and kitchen work. There are two
people to manage the office, Mrs. Suma R.K. Panicker and Mrs. Sheeja
Over the years the school has won in many laurels in sport, painting and
cultural events. We also have therapeutic inputs like yoga, meditation,
regular outings and speech therapy.
We print about a lakh of greeting cards every year where the children’s
potential and creativity are expressed through their paintings. The
proceeds from the sale of these cards are used for the welfare of
children. This year, we are publishing a desk calendar, also based on
paintings made by the children.
Our initial training was with Reach, Kolkata, for I year, in medical,
classroom management, behavior modification, program making and
analyzing children. All the special educators have successfully
completed the RCI bridge course.
From time to time, we interact with the National Institute for Mental
Health, Secunderabad; the Oral School for the Deaf, Kolkata; and Raksha
in Kochi among other schools to update our knowledge base.
A national seminar on “ Special children in the 21st century millenium
plan” was held on 26th Oct 1997 at Dare. In 2006 the Idukki District
Special Schools Parents Teachers Association had a one-day workshop at
Dare for Special School Teachers of Idukki Dist.
In recognition of the services provided by the centre, Dare received the
Kerala State Award for the Best institution for its services to the
cause of the Disabled in 1997. Others include a FICCI Award 1997-98 for
“training and placement of persons with disability “ and NCPDP (National
Centre for promotion of Employment for Disabled People) – Helen Keller
Award for the year 2000. We received the first runner up position at the
Business World – FICCI SEDF Corporate Social Responsibility Award 2007.