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MoE Official Stresses ‘Inclusive Education’ For Disabled Children
By Richard D. Baysah
KAKATA, August 20 (LINA) -The Director of the Division of Special and Inclusive Education at the Ministry of Education (MoE), Mohammed Konneh, has stressed the importance of inclusive education to provide physically challenged children access to formal education.
Director Konneh made the statement recently on the campus of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) in Margibi County at the close of a two-day curriculum harmonization and validation workshop.
The workshop was held under the auspices of HANDICAP International (HI), French Agency for Development (AFD) in partnership with Sight Savers International, National Union of Organizations of the Disabled (NUOD) and the Ministry of Education.
Konneh indicated that in the wake of compelling priorities occasioned by economic constraints, government should, however, ensure that the challenges associated with providing the enabling environment will be overcome so that physically challenged children will have full access to education.
He stated that to get this category of students in school was “a very serious challenge that is causing a very serious setback to their learning process.”
According to Konneh, the Ministry of Education will remain fully supportive of the process that will lead to full inclusiveness of disabled school-age children to be a part of the formal education process of Liberia.
He commended teachers training institutions in the country that earlier began the process leading to the harmonization of the curriculum to incorporate physically handicapped children.
Earlier, HI Project Manager Winifred D. Chea said the curriculum harmonization which started in 2010 as a pilot project and incorporated schools in Bomi, Montserado and Margibi counties, was halted in 2014 due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
Chea said HI is piloting six schools in all three counties, stating that their plans are “resonating well” with the conviction it will be applied in the national curriculum in the interest of school-age disabled children.