In a bid to boost learning amongst persons living with disabilities in Edo State, the Network for the Advancement of Persons with Visible Disabilities (NAPVID), yesterday, donated educational materials to special schools in Benin City. Items donated to the school for visually impaired include braille sheets, typing sheets, slates/stylus frames, typewriters, and notebooks.
Executive Director of NAPVID, Barr. Melody Omosah said the event is part of strategy to achieve the objectives of ‘Get Your Child To School’ campaign. He said that the campaign is aimed at encouraging parents and guardians of physically challenged children and wards.
Omosar said the idea is to boost the morale, as well as serve as incentive for students with disabilities in the “special” educational institutions in the state. He commended the teachers of the schools, while urging the pupils to remain steadfast in their educational pursuit regardless of their physical challenges.
“I was in this school about forty years ago, today I am a lawyer because I did not allow my condition to deny me education. Education is fundamental to human existence and every child is entitled to it.
“It is on this note that I want to commend government for making basic education free for all children. The teachers who are doing their best for these special children, it takes passion and true calling to do this job. God will definitely repay you for the services you are rendering,” Omosah said.
Also, Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Joan Oviave lauded NAPVID for promoting special education and sustaining it partnership with the board over the years. The SUBEB chairman, who was represented at the occasion by Anita Obasuyi, appreciated the teachers for their efforts towards imparting in the special pupils.
Heads of the schools, Enobakhare Fabulous, Iwusa Shaibu and Owoeye Josephine expressed appreciation to NAPVID and Edo State government for their support to the institutions. The school for the developmentally challenged received footballs, building blocks, wall charts, mats, markers, cardboard papers, crayons, notebooks, magnetic alphabet/numbers.
Also, the school for the hearing impaired received educational tapes, pictorial charts, flash cards, cardboards papers, footballs, building blocks, crayons, magnetic alphabets/numbers, colour makers, notebooks and branded bags.
SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN