The Synod of Livingstonia of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) has asked Karonga District Council to embrace inclusive education in the district.
The synod’s Education Department monitoring and evaluation officer for special needs education Atupele Nampota said this on Saturday during a District Executive Committee meeting to prepare the council for the project’s exit in March 2023.
She said: “We want to update members on the Inclusive Education Project we are implementing in the district and to prepare them before the project phases out next year.
“Our focus was on promoting equal access to quality education among learners with disabilities.”
Nampota said during the project’s implementation, they engaged parents of children with disabilities to send them to school.
In an interview, a special needs teacher at St. Mary’s Boys Primary School Noah Simwaka,asked the council to lobby various stakeholders through education service committee to train more special needs teachers in the district.
“It is good that the synod has told the council about their exit next year. The council should devise plans to look for partners to train special needs teachers and buy teaching and learning materials,” he said.
In a separate interview, Karonga district director of education, youth and sports Sarah Jerecommended the synod for the project.
She said her office is committed to providing necessary support to special needs students in schools to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number Four.
“We are mindful of SDG Number Four which seeks to achieve inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all regardless of their condition, status, ethnic and religious backgrounds,” said Jere.
With funding from the Scottish Government, the synod has been implementing Promoting Equal Access to Education in Malawi Project since 2018.