From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
The National Teachers Institute, NTI, Director General , Professor Dahuwa Azare said the institute in collaboration with Axiom Learning Solutions Limited, an educational consultancy firm has rained 666 primary and junior secondary school teachers on special education needs and disabilities in the country.
The DG in his remarks during the flag-off of the three day workshop at the weekend, said education is a vehicle through which citizens of all classes and strata are given equal opportunity to realise their aspirations in life.
According to him, the programme propagates the ideals of mainstream education in which every individual operates as an entity without any discrimination’.
Registrar and Chief Executive of Teachers‘ Registration Council of Nigeria(TRCN), Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, who read out speech of the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah at the event pointed out that education is the only legacy that can be bequeathed to generation to guarantee their livelihood, security and development.
According to him, a society that is enlightened will enjoy all the benefits of good life through active participation in activities within their communities.
“This is what informed the re-introduction of this component of the workshop tagged ‘ Special Education Needs and Disabilities.
“The present administration under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari , is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that every child is given opportunity to learn, he said.
The Minister said improving quality of teachers and professionalising teaching as a profession is this administration top priority.
He charged the participants to cascade the training to other colleagues at their various schools after the training, adding that this workshop would enable the participants to equip themselves with skills and knowledge in the Special Education Needs and Disabilities(SENDs).
Prof. Anwukah revealed further that there are many children in the country that wants to learn and this will go a long way in addressing this challenge.
Chairman of NTI Governing Council, Senator. Kaka Mallam Yale Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SENDs) workshop aims to equip the participating teachers with necessary skills and knowledge on how to properly integrate Special needs children into the mainstream classrooms.
“ Through this, all categories of learners are pooled together and taught by the same teacher irrespective of their special talents, and / or challenges as the case may be,” he emphasised in her goodwill message, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire, represented by Dr. (Mrs) rfeyinwa Nnamchi Ukaegbu, said the concept of Special Education Needs and Disabilities(SENDs) is well embedded in the SDGs goal Four to Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all” with a view to achieve the SDGs6 objective of “Leave no one behind.”