The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) and the Inclusive Education and IndividualISED Education Plan Centre (IEIPC), a non-governmental organisation that focuses on the education of children with special needs, have held a conference on special and inclusive education for parents and guadians of children with special needs.
The development was made known in a statement recently, which also revealed that the conference had over 600 children with special needs, parents and guadians fro Lagos and other states in attendance.
The Director, IEIEPC, Mr. Oyeyinka Oluwawumi, while speaking at the conference, stated that the event was to train parents, teacers and social workers on the skills required to support and bring out the best in people living with disabilities.
“Every child with special needs has a strenght that can be annexed for maximal performance. We want to help in the best possible way, which is why we organised the conference to enable us to design an individualised education plan for the children concerned,” he stated.
Tony Egbe, pastor in charge of the RCCG, Liberation Area, also stated that the churchs’ involvement was in furtherance of its commitment to ensuring the total wellbeing of man, expressing satisfaction with the level of participation by the focused groups.
“Some areas of skill development that can foster independence are self-care, psycho-social, cognitive, motor, communication and vocational skills. The ealier persons with a disability learn to do these, the less the intrusion of their privacy especially once puberty sets in.
“They should be given the opportunity to practice till perfection, with a lot of room for errors, spiced with ample encouragement. In essence, persons with disabilities should be allowed to learn to live independently in ways that suit their needs,” Pastor stated.
A participant, Alhaja Idiat Sanni of the National Orthopaedic Special School and Second Vice President of the Association for Intellectual Development of Nigeria, described the conference as enlightening and called for more specialised platforms like the IEIEPC to enable indigenous solutions.