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Empowerment For Special Needs Students

A new scouts’ programme focusing on inclusiveness has been described as an effort to empower young women in society. Under the programme girls with special needs will now be part
14 Jul 2018 11:00
Empowerment For Special Needs Students
Head teacher Elenoa Vunitabu (left), and National Scouts Co-ordinator Kailash Pillay with staff and students of Lautoka School for Special Needs on July 9, 2018. Photo: Yogesh Chandra

A new scouts’ programme focusing on inclusiveness has been described as an effort to empower young women in society.

Under the programme girls with special needs will now be part of a three-day Lauto­ka Scouts Camp which began yesterday.

Head teacher of Lautoka School for Special Needs Elenoa Vunitabu said that children with special needs tended to be neglected by society.

As a result, she said, it was relatively diffi­cult for girls with special needs to thrive in their communities.

However, under the new scouting pro­gramme eight female students with special needs will take part in the rally during this year’s event.

“We are trying to expose them to the real world so that they become strong and inde­pendent. We want society to look at them and believe in them that they are capable of mak­ing a change,” Ms Vunitabu said.

“Previously only boys used to participate in the scouts, but now we are also giving a chance to our girls.”

Ms Vunitabu said it would be a real chal­lenge for the young girls, however the expo­sure provided would undeniably lead them to overcome their own fears.

“We want to prove to the mainstream schools that our girls can be a part of the scouts programme,” she added.

She said people should not stigmatise the children’s disabilities, but look at their crea­tive abilities.

Kailash Pillay, National Scouts Co-ordinator and assistant head teacher at the school, said it was important to acknowledge that these children had special talents.

Mr Pillay said these children faced a lot of challenges in this demanding world.

“They are quite vulnerable in society and people try to take advantage of them,” he said.

Mr Pillay acknowledged the problems faced by the students such as using convenience fa­cilities in a public place.

“It should be user friendly for our kids,” he stated.

The scouts rally will be held at Ratu Sai­moni Raseru Memorial School at Vakabuli, Lautoka, from July 13-15.

Meanwhile, 35 schools are participating in the Scouts Rally at Ratu Saimoni Raseru Memorial School in Vakabuli, Lautoka. The rally began yesterday and ends tomorrow.

Edited by Epineri Vula

Feedback: yogesh.chandra@fijisun.com.fj



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