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Toolkit To Support Teachers, Schools

A toolkit for disability inclusive education in Fiji was launched on Wednesday by the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi. The Access to Quality
02 May 2015 09:18
Toolkit To Support Teachers, Schools
Representatives from the education and disability sector at the opening of the three-day workshop Photo: Sheetal Prasad

A toolkit for disability inclusive education in Fiji was launched on Wednesday by the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy, at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi.

The Access to Quality Education Programme, the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons and other disability stakeholders were also part of the launch.

Australian AID Access to Quality Education Programme (AQEP) team leader and senior education adviser, Dr Priscilla Puamau, was delighted with the launch.

“A toolkit is a really important resource and the Disability Inclusive Toolkit was produced by AQEP, a bilateral education programme funded by the Australian Government,” she said.

“This toolkit was developed to support the work of teachers and schools in the area of inclusive education.”

The contents of the toolkit include the Fiji Disability Services Information and Referral Directory, a sign language dictionary, a handbook for teachers and a DVD containing additional resources on inclusive education.

The Disability Referral Directory will provide assistance to persons and children with disability, the schools and their families.

The disability inclusive handbook for teachers is to provide the kinds of information that teachers should have which will give them a broad knowledge of inclusive education and gives them a better awareness of the range of disabilities that children have.

The handbook also provides some success stories of children with disability who have been successfully mainstreamed into primary schools.

These kits will be provided to every primary and secondary school in Fiji.

Dr Puamau agrees that every teacher in the schools should learn the basic sign language for efficient communication.

“We would really want to make sure that for every teacher that comes out of the teacher training institution, part of their curriculum should be the education of children with special and diverse needs.”

In terms of building accessibility where school infrastructure is concerned, AQEP is working closely in the schools it supports to ensure that the classrooms are disability friendly.

“We ensure that accessibility is also part of the renovation work that is carried out such as conveniences, ramps and doorway width,” Dr Puamau said.

“The new school building requirements for the establishment of new schools will now include minimum infrastructure standards which have been incorporated into the revised policy document of the Ministry of Education.”

Feedback: sheetal.prasad@fijisun.com.fj

 



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