Federal Government Unveils Draft Policy on Inclusive Education
The Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled a national draft policy on inclusive education in the country on Monday in Abuja.
According to the Director of Basic and Secondary Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Anne Okonkwo, the draft was produced by the ministry in collaboration with Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) and other stakeholders.
She explained that it was developed as a way of attaining equity, justice and equality education in the country.
Okonkwo, who was represented by Mrs. Gold Idehen, a Deputy Director, Secondary Education Board in the ministry, applauded all the stakeholders who had developed the policy.
She noted that the document would specifically address issues concerning inclusive education.
“Inclusive education is bringing together different children to learn in the same environment, irrespective of background, socio-cultural status, special learning needs or abilities, among others,” said Okonkwo.
The director said the federal government was set to put in place modalities that would ensure that more children enrol in schools thereby reducing the teeming population of the out-of-school children in the country.
She described the beneficiaries as learners with special needs, orphans, vulnerable children, boys and girls left out of school due to poverty, tradition, culture and insurgency.