Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Gov Obiano`s special Education Policy receives a Boost

The ‘No Child Is To Be Left Behind Policy’ of Gov. Willie Obiano administration in the education sector, recently received a very big boost, when a visually challenged philanthropist, Mr Kenneth Alwell Ulo with the support of the Australian government, donated fifteen laptop computer sets with special facilities worth over N4m, for the visually impaired students in four schools that run inclusive education in Anambra State.

Commissioning the computer sets, the Commissioner for Education, Prof Kate Azuka Omenugha was full of praises for the benefactors, the Australian government and Mr Ulo for this unique intervention. She commended Mr Ulo for soaring very high, even to the point of becoming a philanthropist, in spite of his challenges. Commissioner Omenugha encouraged the visually challenged students in Anambra State to strive to make it to the tops, making the likes of Mr Ulo their role model, instead of wallowing in self pity.

Prof Omenugha stated that the passion which Gov. Willie Obiano and his wife, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano( Osodieme) have for the physically challenged children in the State, has remained unequalled. According to Prof. Omenugha, this resulted to the massive transformation currently going on in the Basden Memorial Special Education Center Isulo.

Commissioner Omenugha disclosed that immediately on assumption of office, Gov. Willie Obiano embarked on improving the facilities at the center and declared free education for all physically challenged children in the State, while the wife of the State Governor, Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano sunk a borehole to eliminate the water challenges confronting the inmates of the center.

Presently, government has commenced action for the landscaping of the center, to facilitate the movement of visually challenged in the center. A secondary school has also been established in the center, to enable the inmates further their education, while the more sociable ones among them are encouraged to enroll in such schools as CKC, DMGS, QRC, Onitsha and St. John Of God Awka, where inclusive education is run.

Earlier while presenting the computer sets, the donor Mr Kenneth Ulor who stated that he was moved by the challenges confronting the visually challenged students, to donate the special computer sets to facilitate their learning. Mr Ulo who demonstrated the use of the facilities before the audience stated that the special computer set enables the blind to read without external aid. The interactive session between Commissioner Omenugha and the visually impaired students, songs of praises led by one of the visually challenged students, as well as the presentation of the laptops formed the highpoint of the event.

Nnaemeka Egwuonwu
Public Relations Officer
For: Hon. Commissioner for Education

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