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Group says current resources are insufficient to achieve inclusive education – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

The Executive Director of Initiatives for Human Development (HDI), Ms. Olufunso Owasanoye, said that despite the progress, current educational resources are insufficient to achieve inclusive education, especially as budgets are not sensitive enough to support inclusion, which makes funding for inclusive education very low.

Owasanoye said Nigeria lacks the necessary teaching workforce to deliver inclusive education, aside from the fact that the available teachers are not receiving sufficient training to practice inclusion.

In a statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, she said: “Many children with disabilities do not go to school because they are never enrolled in the first place. Many are also less likely to complete their education than their peers, a factor associated with overcrowded classrooms, as teachers are unable to provide them with the support they need and an unreachable learning environment.

“In addition to overcrowded classrooms and the lack of teachers in general, the fact that the majority of teachers still lack appropriate training is also a huge challenge for the inclusion of children with disabilities in education.

“The proportion of people with disabilities in the teaching profession is very low. Encouraging people with disabilities to enter the teaching profession is essential to overcome stereotypes and stigma and also to provide support to children with disabilities entering the education system.

According to her, Human Development Initiatives believes that when the environment is good for all, sustainable growth and development will transparently stimulate world peace.

“The Lagos State government should recruit more teachers and ensure that 20% of teacher recruitment is reserved for teachers with special needs, in order to gradually promote inclusive education.

“The MTSS medium-term sector strategy should be seen as promoting inclusive education and strengthening the capacities of initiators in gender and disability-based budgeting. Many children with disabilities are not in school, mainly because the schools closest to them are not accessible to them and in part because their parents / guardians are unaware of the locations closest to inclusive schools. Thus, efforts should be made to improve the quality of schools at an inclusive level, while the names of all existing inclusive schools in Lagos should be published.

“The Lagos State government should make special arrangements, in particular transport, for housing for teachers posted to rural and hard-to-reach areas of the State. The Lagos State government should do more to ensure that the infrastructure, facilities and surroundings of schools are accessible to children with disabilities.

She said that ActionAid Nigeria, Human Development Initiatives, JONAPWD and other disability communities and education coalitions are always willing and ready to share practical recommendations outlined in various reports to support the implementation of sustainable measures, not only to perpetuate the status quo, but to gradually invest in the skilled teaching workforce needed to rebuild better, more inclusive and child-leaving education systems.