Inclusion Professional Development course launched in Region Five

DPI, GUYANA, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Deputy Regional Education Officer (DREdO), Deon Lewis has urged teachers to set an example for the acceptance of young persons, despite their differences through creative methods of teaching and building relationships with parents.

This was disclosed, today, during the launching of the Ministry of Education’s Inclusion Professional Development Course held at Lachmansingh Primary School.

“Teachers, all learners have the right to education in their local community and diversity should not be viewed as a problem to be overcome but rather a rich resource to support learning for all,” the DREdO said.

She noted that this initiative in the region embraces all, as it not only assists in the development of those with disabilities but the country, as a whole.

The ministry’s initiative aims to help hundreds of students with disabilities who do not have equal and equitable access to educational opportunities.

Lewis said that she hopes the initiative will spread across the region so that every teacher is given the opportunity to learn how to make their schools and classrooms more inclusive for special needs students.

According to the DREdO, the department hopes to soon establish a classroom geared for special needs children in September. She added that while the department may not have all of the necessary equipment required for the classroom, they need to start at one point to further development in the region.

Inclusive education means that all students, regardless of ability, are able to attend, are welcomed by their neighbourhood schools in age-appropriate, regular classes and are supported to learn, contribute and participate in all aspects of school life

By: Neola Damon.

Images: Jules Gibson.