Disability: Group solicits SEB support
As part of efforts to boost the FCT education sector, the Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, DWAN, has embarked on a familiarization visit to FCT Secondary Education Board for partnership.
Speaking during a courtesy visit to the board, chairperson of the association, Mrs. Helen Alase, said the association is unveiling its project envisioned at the education and sensitization of deaf women and girls on their personal reproductive health and rights
She explained that deaf women and girls often lack the needed awareness of information within health and school facilities regarding sexual reproductive health right, human trafficking, personal hygiene and other related health matters.
The chairperson lamented the neglect and abuse of deaf women and girls in effective dissemination of information where their sexual and reproductive health rights are concerned.
Alase also lamented the non-availability of disability friendly health education materials and non-inclusion in key decision making process.
She said, "there is need to make required information available to these set of people and encouraged social networks, collaboration and interest from local stakeholders and various organizations and also provide funding opportunities for interventions to promote access to sexual and health education for deaf women and girls in school".
Welcoming the association to the board, the secretary and acting director of the board, Mrs. Nanre Emeje, described the visit as heartwarming.
She said, the care of the special needs students in the senior secondary schools are of utmost concern to the management of the board, hence the board is committed to ensuring they are comfortable in the teaching and learning process.
Emeje explained that the board operates all inclusive education, where the special students have opportunity to interact with other able students so that they can adapt to life and fit into the society when they graduate.
She said the girl-child are of special breeds and needs special attention which the board through its various academic and extra co-curricular activities with focus on entrepreneurship is doing everything within its available resources to prepare them for a fruitful future.
She commended the association for its project which focuses on the reproductive health of the girl-child and assured them of the board total support to further improved their learning ability and ensure creativity in disability.
She informed the association that the best student in Government Secondary School, Kwali had always been the visually impaired hence the board cannot but give necessary support to ensure that girls are well informed in this line of advocacy project.
Speaking in the same vein, Mrs. Laraba Okah, Deputy Director, Gender in the Special Services Division said, the board has been involved in such advocacy programmes and advise them to put into consideration the various challenges encountered during such advocacy programme and with a view to finding solutions to them and make it more impactful to the students.