Inclusive education for all

Students of special schools from around the North in Labasa yesterday. Picture SERAFINA SILAITOGA

STUDENTS of special schools are more than able to achieve successful goals in life, says Pranesh Sharma, the head teacher of Bulileka Primary School.

Officiating at the McDonald’s Fiji-sponsored Northcose program in Labasa yesterday, Mr Sharma reminded about 200 special students that they were part of inclusive education.
“Inclusive education is not just for some children,” he said.

“All children are at all times ready to attend regular schools and classrooms.

“Inclusive education is a way of thinking about how to be creative to make our schools a place where all children can participate.”

He assured the special students that they could attend age-appropriate regular classes in their local schools, receive appropriate educational programs and receive a curriculum relevant to their needs.

“Inclusive education also means that all children can participate in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities,” Mr Sharma said.

“Inclusive education provides better opportunities for learning and children with varying abilities are often better motivated when they learn in classes surrounded by other children.

“It also encourages the involvement of parents in the education of their children.”

Mr Sharma said education was also considered as incomplete without sports because education with sports activities drew more attention of the children towards study.

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