The government and stakeholders in the Ministry of Education at all levels in the country had been enjoined to include entrepreneurial education and skills acquisition in academic curriculum from elementary up to tertiary institution level.
The Executive Director, Care for the Physically Challenged and Destitute Foundation (CAPCADF), Mrs. Gloria Nwafor, made the call yesterday, at the close of a-3 day skills acquisition and symposium for both persons with special needs and non-disabled organised by Miss Mary Odetola, a Batch A Corps Member serving in Anambra State under the Awka South Local Government Area.
Mrs. Nwafor, who also advised the States and Federal Ministry of Education to create the department of skills acquisition in the ministry with a view to making the country a hub of employers of labour, self reliant and wealth creators, reiterated the needs for government to establish special schools for the physically challenged in the society.
She said: “Special schools for the physically challenged and disabled persons would enable these category of people, who cannot cope with the normal teaching and learning arrangement due to unhealthy materials or environment so far provided in the our country schools curriculum to emancipate academically and otherwise”.
In the training which was held at the popular Kenneth Dike Memorial Secondary School, Awka; the organiser, Miss Odetola, whose State NYSC code number is AN/14A/1427, said it was part of her contribution to community and human development in the state.
“I was motivated by the plights of the people living with disability in the country because we the able bodied people find it difficult to cope with life challenges let alone the people with special needs. Life is unbearable for them, that is why I wish to empower them to be self sufficient”, she said.
The training which was attended by over 563 persons featured detergent making, production of perfume ointment, book binding and cover design, bags making, computer training and free medical checkups, sex talk, human rights enlightenment, among others.
Some of the participants, Mr. Uchenna Nwolisa and Miss Ijeoma Ogechi, who spoke to Daily Times maintained that the training was timely and a dream come true, and pledged to convert what they have learnt to betterment of the society.
Highpoint of the event was presentation of certificate of pro-efficiency, gift items and books to the participants.