The Executive Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Danlami Hayyo, says children with special needs have the right to education to enable them explore their potentials and fulfill their ambitions regardless of any challenges.
This was contained in a statement issued to PRIME TIME NEWS on Sunday and signed by the Head of Public Relations, Kano SUBEB, Balarabe Danlami Jazuli.
The Executive Chairman made the remark while declaring open a two day capacity building workshop for two hundred Special Education Teachers organized by Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Abuja in Collaboration with State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) held at Kano State Community Education Resources Center, (CERC)) Gandun Albasa.
Dr. Hayyo who was represented by the Director Social Mobilization, Hajiya Amina Umar, said the participants were drown from Special Education Schools across the state to build their capacity on effective ways of identifying children with special learning needs and how to assist them to achieve their potentials.
He stressed that educating children with special needs provides and accords them skills which will allow them to become positive role models and join employment market thereby helping to prevent poverty in the society, adding these categories of children with Special needs will further make them enjoy the benefit of Education and gain confidence and individual self esteem in their respective and Learning and career.
While thanking Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for implementing the policy on Free and Compulsory Education, which is in line with the state policy on inclusive Education, the Executive Chairman, disclosed that the state government has expended millions of Naira for the procurement of Special Education Teaching and Learning materials and is now yielding positive development.
Speaking to the participants, Dr. Hayyo called on them to reciprocate the knowledge acquired by stepping down to their colleague for the benefit of more.
In one of the papers presented by a lecturer from the Department Special Education Bayero University Kano, Dr Salisu Iliyasu says, one of the effective and best method of teaching children with Special learning needs will depend on the availability of instructional materials and professional teacher that will handle the uniqueness of the Special needs children.
Similarly, another presenter, Mallam Ali Adu Gezawa, Head of Special Education Department, Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, revealed that Children with Special needs must be classified into several categories and their respective needs must be consider in the cause of teaching and learning so that remedy could be offered to maximize their potentialities.
Some of the participants at the workshop Mallam Ibrahim Umar Abdulkarim and Malama Bilkisu Ibrahim Mahmood thanked the State government and UBEC for giving them the opportunity to attend the workshop and assured to replicate the knowledge into practice.
The theme of the workshop “Effective way of identifying children with special learning needs a way forward.”