The Embassy of Israel and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs have concluded training for people with special needs ahead of World Disability Day.
The two-week long training by MASHAV (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) empowered teachers and caregivers with skills necessary to teach and care for children with special needs.
The training which was facilitated by two experts from Israel: Dr Maly Danino and Mrs Anant Zakai with teachers and caregivers from across Nigeria in attendance, had children with learning disabilities and those with autistic spectrum also in attendance.
Throughout the seminar, 25 special education professionals learned a series of practical educational models that are aimed at building their capacity and that of the organisations for which they work for.
During the opening ceremony, the Charge D’Affaires of the Embassy, Mr Nadav Goren said the training was aimed at empowering the people with special needs.
“Special needs education addresses a spectrum of individuals with disabilities. It empowers and enables them to be a more productive part of our society, ultimately improving society as a whole,” a statement issued by the Embassy’s press officer, Zanswat Bowsan quoted Goren as saying.
The minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar encouraged the participants not to relent in their service adding, “Learning disabilities are usually specific, identifiable and inhibit the individuals from learning in accordance with his/her age, ability and potential. However, when adequately and appropriately assisted and cared for, these children can become valued members of society.”
After a rigorous seminar, the trainees left equipped with a diverse tool kit of skills and knowledge. As Israel support organisation, MASHAV trainings are based on the concept of “train the trainers.”
“Both parties are hopeful that the practical modules learned during the course will enhance the capacity of many professionals throughout Nigeria,” the statement added.
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