Maruti Seva Centre for Special Education, an organisation working for the training of children with mental retardation, autism, ADHD, learning disability and slow learners, celebrated its 13th annual day on Friday at Thuraiyur Nadar’s Magamai Association Hall, Agaram, Chennai.
R Natarajan, deputy director, Directorate of Employment and Training, Chennai, was the chief guest. S Kannayiram, consultant, Child Protection and Field Officer (retd), Department of Social Defense, presided over the function and K Elangovan, assistant manager, Indian Overseas Bank, Periyar Nagar, was the guest of honour.
The programme began with a prayer song followed by the lighting of the lamp by the chief guest and guest of honour. S Ramalingam, director, Maruti Seva, welcomed the gathering and C S Visalakshi, principal, presented the school annual report.
Children performed a lively cultural programme, looking resplendent in their colourful costumes. The events were designed to create awareness on various themes, including nature and its importance, pollution, effects of bad food habits, importance of health, changing of life style.
The students performed a traditional folk dance, western dance and a skit amidst loud applause from the audience. They showed their verbal prowess by competing in a debate on the topic, ‘Indoor and Outdoor games’.
The guests and other dignitaries lauded the children for their performance. Natarajan, in his address, highlighted the importance of vocational training and job opportunities for special children and provided information about various private sectors that offered vocational training to persons with intellectual disabilities.
Kannayiram appreciated the work of the school’s founders. He advised parents to give more importance to sports and games to avert behavioral and health problems in children.
The programme concluded with a vote of thanks and the national anthem.