Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Propagates the ideals of Mainstream Education

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Propagates the ideals of Mainstream Education

Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, Director-General/Chief Executive NTI, delivering his welcome address at the venue of the event, Hotel 17, Kaduna, recently.


Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare , the Director-General and Chief Executive of NTI, Kaduna, has said that the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SENDs) propagates the ideals of mainstream education in which every individual operates as an entity without any discriminations.

Azare made the disclosure during the flag-off ceremony of the 2018 nationwide capacity building workshop for Early Childhood, Primary and Junior Secondary School teachers on SENDs at Hotel 17, Kaduna , on Monday, July 22, 2019.

He disclosed that learning platforms allows learners irrespective of their condition to learn under the same umbrella thereby fostering mutual understanding and trust among them.

He said further that the system, which promotes peer learning among students, is also seen as an effective means of acquiring life-long learning.

‘’ We are very proud to have a government that is sensitive and responsive to the aspirations of its citizens by taking proactive measures to cater for their training needs and intellectual capabilities.

‘’ Let me register the commitment of the Institute under my stewardship to compliment government’s effort in improving the quality of education in Nigeria through regular in-service training of our teachers,’’ he added.

Azare urged the participants to cascade the knowledge and skills acquired at the workshop, so that the desired objectives will be fulfilled.

Speaking during the occasion, the Chairman NTI Governing Council, Sen. Kaka Mallam Yale, represented by the Institute’s Director of Examinations, Mal. Bashir Mamman said the Governing Council of the Institute is very appreciative of the management’s effort under the able leadership of Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare.

Sen. Kaka said the present administration is committed to the pursuit of its agenda of change through the provision of quality education for its citizens.

‘’This is the reason behind its support for any programme that seeks to empower its citizens to be able to compete favourably with their peers in other countries of the world.

‘’The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SENDs) workshop aims at equipping the participating teachers with necessary skills and knowledge on how to properly integrate special-need children into the mainstream classrooms of our education system,’’ he  said.

While flagging –off the event, the Chairman thanked the Federal Government for giving the Nigerian teachers the privilege of getting exposed to emerging issues in educator sector.

Also speaking at the event, the Institute’s Independent Assessor, Prof. Gaji Fatima Dantata urged the participants to use the knowledge and skills to be acquired properly in their profession.

The workshop, which was organised in collaboration with Axiom Learning Resources Limited, scheduled between July 22 and 24, took place in the six geopolitical zones at Kaduna, Maiduguri, Lafia, Uyo, Osogbo and Owerri.


Source: NTI News Bulletin Bi-Monthly Edition, June-July 2019 Vol. 1 No. 19, Page 6

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