Report from ChildFund Zambia
ChildFund Zambia has handed over the newly constructed school for children with Special Education Needs to Zambia’s national Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Learning.
The school was formally handed over during celebrations marking the 2014 Day of the African Child, which had the theme: “A Child Friendly, Quality, Free and Compulsory Education for all children.”
The Zambian Government has commended ChildFund for supplementing its efforts in ensuring that children with special education needs have access to education.
Speaking during the handover ceremony of the school, Deputy Minister of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education Patrick Ngoma, stated that many of the children with disabilities have been left out of the education system due to various factors.
He added that the task of educating children with disabilities was huge and could not be left to government alone.
ChildFund Zambia’s Acting National Director Doras Chirwa said that the issue of educating children with special needs is cardinal because such children have the potential to contribute to national development, just like students without disabilities.
The infrastructure that was handed over included: six classrooms, water reticulation system, solar power, two dormitories and a library among other resources.
The infrastructure was funded by ChildFund New Zealand while the New Zealand government through the Head of Mission Fund supported the purchase of teaching and learning materials for the school.
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