From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
National Teachers Institute, NTI, has trained teachers on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SENDs) under 2018 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) project.
The Institute said the project is one of the five items for the 2018 SDGS workshop.
Speaking at the flag off ceremony in Kaduna, NTI Chairman Governing Council, Senator Kaka Malam Yale said the SENDS workshop aimed to equip the participating teachers with necessary skills and knowledge on how to properly integrate special need children into the mainstream classrooms in the education system.
“I strongly recommend this idea as it opposes any discrimination imposed by factors that are beyond the control of learners. I was made to understand that the resource persons engaged to facilitate the workshop habe been carefully selected from reputable tertiary institutions in the country,” he said.
Represented by Director of Examination NTI, Bashir Mamman said the resource persons have the technical and professional known how to train the teachers on how to handle classrooms with learners of varying abilities, interest and challenges.
In his remarks, NTI Director General Professor Garba Dahuwa Azare said SENDs propagates the ideals of mainstream education in which every individual operates as an entity without discrimination.
He added that the learning platform allows learners, irrespective of their conditions to learn under the same umbrella thereby fostering mutual understanding and trust between and among them.
He also added that the system also promotes peer learning among students which is seen as an effective means of acquiring lifelong learning.
He commended the Federal Government for its role in making the workshop a reality.