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Enabling The Disabled

Enabling The Disabled
Joseva Verevou during the Australian Sports Outreach and Inclusive Programme workshop at Buckhurst Park yesterday. Photo: Rama
November 14
06:41 2014

Athletics Fiji has been holding a ground-breaking workshop for the past two days.

This is after they have been training teachers and coaches at schools of special need how to teach athletics to their students.

The Australia Sports Outreach Programme-sponsored Inclusive Partnership saw participants learn basic athletics coaching drills modified for special needs students.

Hilton Special School teacher/double-arm amputee Jovesa Verevou shared how the workshop was empowering them.

“I think this workshop is really good. We’re learning how to teach children with special needs athletics and this workshop teaches us modified methods to be able to cater to the learning level and abilities of students,”Verevou said.

“We’re dealing with children from ages 7-12 years old, 13 and 14 year olds and 16 years and above so these skills will also help us learn how to teach the different ages. This is about helping us identify special needs children with athletics talents.

“It’s also about showing the public they have talents too especially with us now sending athletes to the Paralympic Gameas. I’m very happy because we’re getting to show that special needs people have sporting abilities too.

“I’m very thankful to students from regular or mainstream school and their teachers who show their support by competing with us and spreading the message of inclusiveness.”

Fiji Vocational Technical and Training Centre for Persons with Disabilities (FVTTCPD) teacher Josivini Navalu said it was an exciting experience for her.

“This experience has been very exciting and I’ve learnt so much and I’m really enjoying the whole workshop.

“It’s also been a great opportunity to meet new people. We’re learning how to train children with disabilities so it’s been a very different experience because you deal with special needs children in a different manner as compared to other children. There are a lot of important things we covered and I’m looking forward to practicing this.”

The workshop ends today with the Athletics Fiji competition to be held tomorrow starting at 9am at the ANZ Stadium with Assistant Minister for  Youth and Sports to officially open the event.




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