Daughters of Charity, a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), has stressed the need for Nigerian teachers in both government and private schools to be trained on inclusive education for the benefit of children with disabilities.
Rev. Sister Fidelia Unigwe, the group Programme Coordinator, Child Empowerment, said this while speaking with newsmen on the sideline of an advocacy programme at the Government Girls Secondary School, Dutse.
The programme tagged ‘We Ring the Bell’, was organised by the group in partnership with Liliane Fonds Supported Service.
According to Unigwe, the programme was done under its child empowerment programme to highlight the need for inclusive education for children, especially those with disabilities.
She said that inclusive education would compel schools to accommodate all children regardless of their physical; intellectual; social; emotional; linguistic or other conditions.
“Inclusive education should include the disabled; gifted; street and working children; children from remote or nomadic populations; children from linguistic; ethnic or cultural minorities and those from disadvantaged or marginalised areas,” she said.
Unigwe also stated that to ensure that teachers diversify in their teaching methodologies, availability of learning and teaching aids must be made mandatory in schools across the country.
The Ring the Bell programme was an annual advocacy programme, reflecting the state of inclusive education for children with disabilities in educational institutions in the country.