…says inclusive education will boost the PWDs’ morale and give them a sense of belonging
The longest serving monarch in Anambra State and traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, has called on government at all levels to ensure inclusive education for persons with disabilities to enhance their productive capacities.
Igwe Orizu who stated this while hosting members of the Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, JONAPWD, in his palace, noted that education would boost the PWDs’ morale and give them a sense of belonging.
The nonagenarian monarch pledged to offer necessary assistance to ensure successful campaign for inclusive education in the state, just as he directed the Palace Secretary to link the Advocacy Team with the people of goodwill to further advance the project.
“Campaign for inclusive-education will boost the technical support coming from JONAPWD at the national level, and the operational support of Palladium and USAID in advancing Inclusive Education in Nigeria,” he said.
Earlier, Consultant to JONAPWD, Anambra State Chapter on education, Mr. Onyekachi Ololo sought the support and assistance of the traditional ruler in driving social and attitudinal change in inclusive-education in the State.
He listed the goals of the projects to include: building strong allies and champions across communities in Anambra state towards promoting education, seeking support in raising public awareness and sensitization on education as well as extracting traditional voices towards making sure that students with disabilities have unfettered access to inclusive education.
According to him, “the project is also designed to amplify the attention and buy-in of traditional rulers which will help to influence policymakers, institutions, and other relevant stakeholders on inclusive education in Anambra state.
“The objective is equally to foster traditional respect and solidarity that will enable other critical stakeholders to add their voices and solve education problems in their traditional settings.”
Ololo further explained that the opinion of the traditional rulers could drive immediate and extended families of persons with disabilities in reshaping perceptions and communal culture on inclusive education.