Corps Commander Peshawar, Lt Genl Khalid Rabbani here Monday said disabled children deserve special attention to become useful citizen of the society by taking full advantage of their potential.
He emphasized on parents and society to give special care and attention to children with disability and not to consider them a burden. He urged parents to play constructive role by facilitating and treating them like normal children so that they could play effective role in nation building.
The Corps Commander expressed these views while addressing as a Chief Guest in a ceremony held at “Umeed Special Children School” in Peshawar Garrison Troops Welfare Community Centre in connection with World Disabled Day. The Corps Commander said it is imperative to integrate disabled persons in the mainstream of society and urged disabled persons to work hard, face challenges of life bravely and prove the world that they are not discarded or disrespected.
He said great responsibilities also lie on the society members in general and families and friends of disabled persons in particular to provide their disabled friends and family members great moral support to enable them to excel in their studies and profession of their choice.
Gen. Rabbani said society must take adequate steps to involve persons with disabilities in the mainstream of each aspect of the social, political, economic and cultural status of their communities.
The Corps Commander commended the efforts of teachers of the “Umeed Special Children School” for imparting education to disabled children.
Umeed School started its work back in year 2008 with the strength of fourteen disabled children, but with the passage of time the strength has increased.
The event was organized mainly to express solidarity and unity with the special children in connection with the day. Later, the Corps Commander and his wife inaugurated expansion plan of the school that includes construction of five class rooms costing Rs 13.5 million. Begum Corps Commander also attended the ceremony and distributed gifts among students.
The students received warms applause from the audience for presenting different tableaus and national songs.