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Education Hope for Deaf Children

The Fijian Government is adamant about providing an inclusive approach when it comes to education, says Mahendra Reddy. Education Minister said the ministry was aiming to mainstream deaf children into
20 Sep 2015 10:35
Education Hope for Deaf Children
Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy (middle), with memebers of the Fiji Association of the Deaf in Lautoka yesterday. Photo: Salote Qalubau

The Fijian Government is adamant about providing an inclusive approach when it comes to education, says Mahendra Reddy.

Education Minister said the ministry was aiming to mainstream deaf children into the education system.

Mr Reddy said this while launching the Sign Language Week for the Fiji Association of the Deaf in Lautoka yesterday.

“We want to use sign language as part of the teacher training curriculum,” he said.

“So that all future teachers know sign language and can teach it.

“We are committing today that we will increase the number of sign language interpreters,” he said.

He further urged members of the Fiji Association of the Deaf to prepare a list of requirements and submit it to the ministry of education.

“In recognition that they are our children and they need to also learn to lead a normal life,” he said.

“Our Prime Minister will make sure that they are recognised in the budget.”

He said Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, believed strongly that the country’s stability, peace and progress rested squarely and fairly on our ability to develop a country of educated Fijians.

He said this was made possible by removing all obstacles to quality education.

 




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