The picture show participants at the consultative forum organized by CCD to promote accessible and Inclusive education in Abia State. Standing at farthest left back row is an Albino. Right in front of him in the second row is a visually impaired man with a white cane, next to the blind man is David Anyaele. A lady on wheelchair occupies the front row. The smart banner to the left was used to publicize the event.

More than ever, in recent times, the clamour for greater inclusion of Persons living with Disabilities in every aspect of mainstream society life continue trending. The advocacy has been particularly strident for Inclusive Education. Of course, Nigeria and indeed, Africa still have a long way to go compared with their counterparts in more advanced climes. It’s however heart warming to realize that stakeholders in our educational system are now wide awake to the imperatives of this global trend viz, “Inclusive Education”.

Recently, at a consultative forum on access to education for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) organized in Abia State, The Centre for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), said that a functional and efficient Inclusive Education will help reduce problems faced by Persons with Disabilities in achieving their academic goals, and at the same time maximize their potentials in the society.

The forum was held to consult with relevant stakeholders ( both state actors and non-state actors) in order to emphasize the importance of accessible and Inclusive Education to Abians with Disabilities. The roles of each stakeholder were also enunciated.

The Executive Director of CCD, Mr. David Anyaele, noted during the meeting that lack of access to quality and inclusive education for PWDs in Abia State is an issue of concern which required urgent remediation.

Also speaking at the forum was the executive secretary, Secondary Education Management board ((SEMB) ably represented by Mr. Utugbo Chinwe. He thanked CCD for identifying with the state in such laudable project, with a promise of full support for similar projects in the future.

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