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Disabled Celebrate Mainstreaming in Schools

Disabled Celebrate Mainstreaming in Schools
Customer Aviuta Naikatalau from Tailevu with CourtS director marketing Anil Senewiratne at Courts Rodwell Road in Suva. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan
August 14
09:11 2014

We want to be inclusive and not exclusive, says the coordinator of Access Quality Education Programme [AQEP], Mereoni Daveta.

Yesterday the disabled marched from the Flea Market to Ratu Sukuna Park celebrating inclusive education.

Ms Daveta said all children should be treated the same despite their disabilities.

“The Disability Inclusion roadshow brings together disabled persons’ organisations and the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons to raise awareness on disability rights and to promote inclusive education in Fiji,” Ms Daveta said.

“The main purpose of this roadshow is to promote inclusive education for children with disability into mainstream schools. We already have five inclusive demonstration schools here in Fiji funded by AQEP.”

“When we first implemented this programme six students were enrolled in five schools and currently there are 82 children already enrolled. We are very grateful to the Australian government and the people of Australia for helping support inclusion in Fiji.”

She said the main message they want to share with everybody was that all children with disabilities have the right to education.

“There are 17 special schools in Fiji but they are all located in town areas so with inclusive education all children with disabilities or special needs can attend schools in their communities,” Ms Daveta said.

“We would like to encourage parents to bring out their children who are still left at home to attend school because all teachers and headteachers have been trained in how to accept children with disabilities. We are happy that the Ministry of Education is supporting us in enrolling us in this inclusive education programme.”

“So parents and children out there who have disabilities please do not be shy to enroll in any school in Fiji because we are doing all our best to make sure that all children with disabilities can access quality education here in Fiji.”

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