200 BUDS Institutions sanctioned Updated On 2017-12-21
In addition to the 64 BUDS schools and 87 BUDS Rehabilitation Centres operating in the state, Government of Kerala gave sanction for starting 200 more BUDS institutions. The Local Self Government Institutions are supposed to locate the place and facilitate the basic amenities for the same. It is the responsibility of Kudumbashree Mission to give the necessary guidelines and training for the teachers. Panchayaths may approach the concerned Kudumbashree District Mission offices for starting BUDS Institutions in their place.The activities of BUDS Institutions will be under the control of the Governing body presided by the concerned Panchayath Presidents.
The children who face mental challenges need regular care and help. Raising a child who is mentally challenged requires emotional strength and flexibility.Whether the special needs of the child are minimal or complex, the parents are inevitably affected. Parents of such children commonly experience extended emotions and would be undergoing severe stress over the years. It was in the light of this reality that, Kudumbashree launched BUDS Institutions. The first of its kind was started at Venganoor Panchayath of Thiruvananthapuram District. in 2004. Later, when this programme came under the 'The Persons with Disabilities Act (1995), BUDS institutions was started in other Panchayaths also.
Using specially designed syllabus, classes are given to the children under 18 years of age in BUDS schools and those above 18 years are trained in BUDS Rehabilitation centres. The programme will enable them to be self reliant and it mainly focuses on their overall development. i.e., social, emotional and personality development . Training is also given to manage their daily routines of their own.
In addition to the primary education, speech therapy and physiotherapy are also facilitated for them. They are offered skill training on handicrafts making, tailoring, LED bulb production, candle making etc. Around 5000 students are undergoing training through 151 BUDS institutions.