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BT Synod Drills Teachers in Individualized Education

Kamanga - each student should be looked at as an individual not a group Kamanga - each student should be looked at as an individual not a group - pic by Steve Kalungwe

The Blantyre Synod of the CCAP Church has drilled teachers in Neno district in individualized education plan amid shortage of special needs teachers in the district where only six are available.

The Synod’s Securing Child Rights Through Education (SCREP) Program Manager, Geoffrey Kamanga, says with funding from NORAD through Save the Children, they noted that learners with diverse needs are being left behind in education.

"This five year project under inclusive education has a component called "Individualized Education Plan" which seeks to equip teachers with special skills that will enable them identify specific education needs of each leaner," said Kamanga.

He says under this model, even the brightest learners (gifted) will also be assisted to learn with the same pace as the rest of the students through development of a special learning tool to fit all.

Taking his turn, Hastings Magombo who is a Senior Inclusive Education Offer in the ministry of education says the trainings will ensure that learners with diverse needs have access to equitable education as they will no longer be sidelined in education due to shortage of specialized special needs teachers.

"As a ministry our core mandate is to make sure that each and every child goes to school and get quality education through the National Inclusive Education Strategy. In this strategy capacity to inclusive education is a must hence equipping each teacher with skills in inclusive education," he said.

Daniel Banda, Deputy Head Teacher at Chikonde Model Primary School hailed the training saying as teachers they will be able to teach with equality since are now in the know of helping every learner but asked the Synod and government to make available special needs learning devices.

In response Kamanga of C.C.A.P Blantyre Synod said they are already distributing them while government through the senior inclusive education officer Hastings Magombo said his ministry is committed to distribute them and sent more teachers to its colleges for certification.

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