Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Worthy Example

Busy as a bee and very little time to write, but wanted to share this article I peeped online at which talks about an inclusive education program for students with special needs being launched in Liberia.  This is exactly the kind of precedent (if it works) that Toa Nafasi needs to legitimize our ideas in the Tee-Zed!  Kudos to the Liberian MoE and Handicap International for thinking about how best to protect and encourage the most vulnerable learners, and ways in which to uplift and promote teachers who often regard their jobs as dismal and thankless.


The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Handicap International over the weekend conducted a one day workshop on 'inclusive' education rather than special education.

Speaking to journalists last Friday at the Corina Hotel where the workshop took place, the Director of Special Education at the Ministry of Education, Madam Kemeh Gama, said the one day event is part of a memorandum of understanding signed with Handicap International to pilot a three year inclusive education program.

Madam Gama said that the program was intended to make education accessible to everyone especially those with disabilities.  "So we are piloting in three counties, Montserrado, Bomi and Margibi, and in each of these counties, we have two pilot schools and four cluster schools.  The cluster schools will learn from the pilot schools, but we will direct our attention to the cluster schools," Madam Gama stated.

She named some of the pilot schools as Samuel D. Hill in Clay District and Sumo Town Public School, both in Bomi County, and Paynesville Community School and Dauzon Public School in Montserrado County.

Madam Gama said the schools were strategically selected due to their own surveys and the 2008 national census report.

"We put the project in public schools because too long our teachers have complained of their inability to take care of the children in school," she said.  According to Madam Gama, through the inclusive learning program, teachers will be taught how to talk and take care of students thereby creating an enabling environment for the students and even those with disabilities.

More than forty participants including Ministry of Education officials, county education officers, and principals of some pilot schools attended the workshop.

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