On November 15, the Faculty of Special and Inclusive Education organized a game contest within the framework of the International Days of the Blind and Speech Therapists.
Not only future SEN (special education needs) teachers, but also students from other faculties participated in the competition organized by Sipan Asatryan and Svetlana Muradyan - both lecturers of the Chair of Special Pedagogy and Psychology.
During the competition entitled “Mind Attack” the students were divided into four groups. The participants had to answer about 20 questions during the competition. The questions checked their knowledge, way of thinking and awareness of different developmental delays and disorders.
Siranush Karapetyan, Dean of the Faculty of Special and Inclusive Education, stressed the importance of the initiative and said it would enable them to find out, to some extent, people’s knowledge, awareness of and attitudes towards those issues.
“International Days once again show that in our society there are people who have certain problems. We are talking about the importance of inclusive education and equal rights, but many people are not even aware of people with different developmental problems and their educational needs,” the dean said. She advised everyone to switch from slogans to constructive knowledge because ‘in order to win one needs to be informed.’
Tereza Azatyan, Head of the Chair of Special Pedagogy and Psychology, noted that for many years the Faculty has been celebrating international days in various formats: they wanted to find out students’ opinion of persons with special educational needs and inclusive education.
“As long as there is discrimination and a need to change attitudes towards persons with disabilities, there will be a need to mark these days,” said Sipan Asatryan, one of the organizers of the competition. He voiced hope that the game will be a unique experience for attendees and participants for acquiring new knowledge and experience.
One team was named winner at the end of the competition. The participants received certificates and symbolic gifts.