BT C.C.A.P Synod Trains Teachers in Inclusive Education
Blantyre Synod of the CCAP through its education department with funding from Save the Children Malawi, is training a total of 60 teachers in special needs education in Neno district in a bid to make inclusive education achievable.
Speaking to Zodiak Online, Chikonde Zone PEA Queen Sagawa said that there was a gap in special needs education in the district; hence, a need to train all teachers in special needs education so that they easily identify leaners with diverse needs.
"Most teachers do not have the knowledge in special needs education here in Neno so this training will accord them an opportunity to have it and also impart it to others teachers," said Sagawa.
Edward Kumalawi, a lecturer at Montfort College in Chiradzulu identified lack of special needs teaching methodologies and disability friendly infrastructure in most schools as a hindrance to inclusive education.
Kumalawi then emphasized for a need by government to strengthen best teaching practices in special needs education which he says most teachers in Malawi haven't been trained on.
Geoffrey Kamanga Executive Director for the Synods Education Department said the trainings were arrived at after receiving overwhelming response of over seven thousand community structures that deal with special needs education.
In his part, Neno district education network (DEN) chairperson Russell Msiska thanked Blantyre Synod of the C.C.A.P and Save the Children for the trainings, saying they will alleviate the sufferings of the special need student in all the 85 primary schools of the district.
"As DEN, we are thankful to this, as our district has only six specialist teachers in special needs education which is not enough, we also ask government to partner with these non-governmental organizations so that inclusive education is a reality," said Msiska.