By Hassan Zaggi
Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has advised caregivers to use modern methods to raise children with special needs.
She made the call during the commencement of a one-week training programme for teachers, health workers and care givers of children with special needs at the FCT School for Handicapped Children, Kuje, Abuja, yesterday.
Represented by the Administrative Secretary of the Aisha Buhari Foundation, Mr. Saidu Suleiman, the wife of the president lamented that most of the children with special needs do not reach their full potential.
“There is the need to discover the individual qualities of each child with special needs so that this could be harnessed and the child could reach their full potential. This can only be done through modern techniques, ” she said.
According to her, the partnership with a US-based NGO- the Nika Project, has sent experts in the field of augmentative and assistive technology to train Nigerian teachers on the use of modern technology tools and strategies to improve the education of children with special needs.
Mrs. Buhari called on the caregivers to take advantage of the new methods and improve the way they teach and raise children with special needs. She also called on all institutions training such children to embrace such modern methods.
Speaking earlier, an administrator with Nika Project, Dan Philips applauded the partnership with Aisha Buhari Foundation saying the expertise they have to offer should be available to all schools in the country. He called on other well-meaning Nigerians to support initiatives like these.
“Children with special needs learn differently and therefore they require different tools in order to retain that knowledge and learn successfully” he said.