Special Olympics, Unified Sports Report:

After Exam activities are a regular feature at DPS. All the activities planned and proposed have specific objectives.   To develop compassion among our students for the special children and to integrate the same with the compassion curriculum followed at DPS, the Sports Dept collaborated with ‘Special Olympics Pakistan’ and organized ‘Unified Sports Program’ on Friday, May 22, 2015. 
An interactive session was held with the students of DPS in coordination with the Sports and Activity Coordinator. It was discussed that special children are a part of the wider community. They need to be encouraged, loved and respected by us.  Students also shared their views about the same.
After the introductory session, ‘Special Olympic Pakistan’ representative delivered a presentation, to help students understand the cause, and share how their organization has brought a change in the life of special athletes. The presentation comprised of the efforts and achievement of the special children. A video was also shared detailing the events in which the special childrens’ team participated.
Students of four special schools participated in the program. It was a stirring scene of love, encouragement and acceptance when standing ovation and recognition was given to welcome them. They were seated amongst the normal stream and were made part of the group willingly by our students. A special student came forward and introduced herself confidently.
At the end of the session all the students gathered in the ground. Our Student Zainab Patel and Maham Rizwan of class VII A shared their birthday cake with all. Dawoodians were paired with the special children to perform a skill activity of kicking the ball which was the preparatory session for the foot ball match. Our Sports teacher guided and helped them learn the technique of kicking the ball. She received a very confident statement from a special student who said “I already know how to do this”. The way our students were supporting, guiding and encouraging them to kick the ball, getting back in the line, waiting for their turn was commendable.
 A unified football match was played between the teams that comprised of DPS and special children. Students participated enthusiastically in the unified match. This joint venture of DPS and ‘Special Olympics Pakistan’ is an initial step towards creating acceptance for special children in our society by building a bond of love, and respect.
Later they all gathered in the seminar room and discussed their experience; however the special students were more excited to share their other talents, few of them recited Naats and sang national songs with full enthusiasm.
The Principal thanked the participants. Refreshments were served to the guests.

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