Voice of Disability Initiative on Friday in Abuja organized a One Day Workshop on effective inclusive education practice as part of their activities to mark International Day for Persons With disabilities.

The Executive Director, VDI, Barrister Catherine Edeh while declaring the workshop open said that it is part of their project towards promoting the implementation of Inclusive Education supported by Disability Rights Fund. She said that this is an area that OPDs and other CSOs have not been doing a lot. Speaking further, she said that the reason why they brought together organization of persons with disabilities and persons with disabilities is to draw their attention to inclusive education so that they would understand the concept of inclusive education and begin to ask questions on the implementation of the policy. She also said that the workshop is also to equip the participants on the requisite knowledge about inclusive education.

There were goodwill message from Barrister Kassim Lawal (an executive member of Association of Lawyers with Disabilities (ALDIN), Jemila Abdul, WEADI and Comments from Lola Aneke and Dr. Grace Ilori, Edet Elizabeth from Mimijean Foundation and Okoroafor Alex.

The participants were taken on topics such as roles of government, CSOs, Private Organizations, parents, teachers, peers in promoting inclusive education in Nigeria and FCT in particular which was facilitated by Alaukwu Nnenna, Okoroafor Alex facilitated a session on Achieving effective Inclusion Education in Pre-Nursery and Primary Schools, Blessing Ini and Douglas Izuu facilitated Effective Inclusive education at Secondary and Tertiary Level.

The participants were grouped into three to carry out group works and presentations to help them understand the concept of inclusive education better and how they can carry out advocacy for the practice of inclusive education in all schools.

The participants were drawn from organizations of persons with disabilities (OPDs) and different clusters of disability.

The participants were urged to take the message of Inclusive education out to the public and advise people when the need arises on the important of inclusive education and how it can contribute to improvement of education.

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