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Educationist Canvasses Inclusion Of Special Needs Teachers’ Programme In Curriculum

The Executive Director, M.D. School, Mrs. Omolara Adedugbe has said that special needs teachers’ programme should be included in Nigeria’s teachers’ education curriculum in order to operate an all-inclusive system of education, to accommodate children who require special needs education.

Mrs. Adedugbe said this during a press briefing to announce the 30th anniversary celebration of M.D. School at Oko Oba, Lagos.

Adedugbe while speaking to journalists noted that only few schools run special needs programme in Nigeria because of lack of special needs teachers and its capital insensitivity. She said, “There is need to overhaul the curriculum to include special needs teachers’ programme. Some institutions like University of Ibadan and University of Joshave it.”

She stated that M.D School started as a special needs school by teaching children who had difficulty in their hearing and speech, and put them in institutions with their counterparts who had no special needs. She revealed that the school had grown to be a regular school and special needs school located at Agidingi, New Oko Oba and Omole. “Agidingbi and New Oko Oba are for regular students while Omole is for special needs students.

At the 30th anniversary celebration at Academy Inn in Ikeja, She said, “Today, we have become a reference point of high standards in academic and moral instruction to our young children, especially children with special needs, who are extremely dear to our hearts.”

She said that M.D School had provided an excellent educational model that has equipped children with the skills and tools to become not only men and women of success but also of value, able to serve their families and immediate communities.

However, as part of the programme to mark the 30 anniversary of the school, Adedugbe stated that the school carried out social responsibility programmes in Oko Oba. She said, “We did cleaning of the environment in Oko Oba and free medical check ups for the community.”

Lagos State Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, who graced the anniversary congratulated and commended the management and staff of M. D School for contributing positively to the development of education in Lagos State. “My three children attended this school and they have grown to become great in life.”

He noted that the state government would ensure that the environment would be highly conducive for learning, which would be beneficial to M. D School and every other school in Lagos State.

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