It is an undeniable fact that education is the key to the transformation of the societies and improvement of the socio-economic well being of the people.
And any society or community that therefore underestimates the power of education is bound to find itself in a perpetual cycle of backwardness and poverty.
Assistant Minister of Trade and Industry Keletso Rakhudu said it is in this light that the government is committed to the principle of education for all when handing over a special classroom block for children with disability at Tonota Primary School last Saturday.
“The government is committed to the principle of education for all including those living with disabilities,” noted Rakhudu.
The special classroom block was wholly sponsored by the Botswana Development Corporation (BDC) Limited to the tune of P1.57 million through its social responsibility fund.
Government included a section on special education in the Revised National Policy on Education in 1994 and the National Policy on Care for People with Disabilities of 1996.
The two policies address the education and rehabilitation needs of disabled persons in general through embracing the acceptance of children with special educational needs as equal and valued members of the school community.
According to Rakhudu, the policies also recognize special educational needs for children with disabilities and have put in place structured systems aimed at addressing their needs and corresponding support services.
He said the policies emphasize that teachers and other school personnel should work together and support each other through professional collaboration, team teaching and other cooperative arrangement.
“The Ministry of Education has extensively facilitated capacity building and human resource management which focuses on teacher preparation in servicing of school heads, education officers and support staff,” he said.
He further said the special education teaching methodology is now part of the education and method courses in all colleges of education in order to create awareness saying this enabling environment helps teachers to identify and meet the needs of children with disabilities.
BDC board chairperson, Blackie Marole said emphasis on special education development is very much in line with the tenets of his corporation’s corporate and social responsibility policy.
“Sponsoring the construction of this special classroom block is seen as a continuation of our collective CSR effort to join hands in the spirit of Botho and spare a thought for those who are less fortunate and privileged,” said Marole.