The National Teacher Institute (NTI), Kaduna, says it has trained more than 7,000 teachers in Special Needs and Disabilities (SENDS), from 2011 to date.

Its Director General (DG), Prof. Musa Maitafsir, revealed this on Saturday in Abuja at a SENDS training for Institute staff members.

Staff from the Federal Ministry of Education were also among the beneficiaries of Saturday’s training.

Maitafsir stated that the trainings were carried out successfully through his renowned consultant, Anxiom Learning Solutions.

According to the NTI director, the trained teachers came from across the country, while no less than 250,000 teachers across the country also received appropriate learning aids.

“This edition is crucial as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is also to address the need to improve the skills of teachers who handle students with diverse needs and teach in diverse communities during times of disruption.

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“The security challenges and conflicts in the country have created a situation where students suddenly have no access to face-to-face learning.

“It is important that teachers and stakeholders are prepared to support students in their learning.

“Teachers will acquire a variety of skills that will ensure that they can engage people with disabilities, either physically or intellectually, in the learning experience,” Maitafsir explained.

He said that for the past decade, the MDGs and subsequently SDG officials had been at the forefront of inclusion in Nigerian classrooms.

The Director General said the 2021 edition was pivotal as it introduced teaching techniques to accommodate children with disabilities in the remote learning experience during periods of interruptions.

”Our intention and desire is to expand the beneficiaries of the capacity development exercise in the 36 states of the country in 2022 and beyond.

“SENDS training is a critical component in my strategic framework to achieve SDG 4 by 2030.

“Therefore, it is my intention that the success of this program serve as a model to enrich the existing content and content of the curriculum.

“It will also serve to implement massive SENDS teacher training across the country in 2022 and beyond,” Maitafsir said. (NAN)

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