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Parents and teachers of mentally impaired children have asked the government to put in place policies that offer inclusive learning to children with special needs across the country.
The parents say that they lack access to sign language
interpreters which denies the children the basic foundation of access to
necessary needs of life.
Halima Nakanwagi, a mother of a 12-year-old girl living with
hearing impairments from Buyende district says that her child was unable to
access education due to a lack of schools for special needs children in the area
Nakanwagi further says that sign language interpreters
should be deployed at lower health centers and local government units, which
will enable children with related disabilities to access services in
their areas of jurisdiction.
“If there were sign language interpreters in the lower
health facilities and sub-counties in our district, my child would have
acquired not only quality needs attention, but also induction to standard
communication skills at an early age,” she says.
Ssematimba Wasswa, another parent says that responsible government
agencies should use LCI leaders to track down children living with disabilities for easy enrollment in the
available inclusive schools.
//cue in: “government, iffe abantu…
Cue out…bintu, nga bino,”.
Rachel Bagaaga, a sign language teacher says that, due to
knowledge gaps, most parents pay less attention to children living with disabilities,
abandoning them to suffer silently, with limited spaces to express themselves.
Bagaga also says that children with hearing impairments,
mostly face the challenge of poor menstrual health management, which they cannot easily
communicate to either their peers or teachers.
She further expresses fear that most girls are easily given
away into early marriage, by mostly insecure parents who think that, the men
marrying their children are doing them a favor since they are widely
stigmatized by the wider public.
//cue in: “The girls, they…
Cue out…as useless people,”.
Paul Wandera, the proprietor of Bridges of Glory inclusive
primary school, with an enrollment of 150 children who are deaf in Kayunga district says
that he drew his inspiration after finding a deaf child locked up in the
house all day, whereas, his other siblings were left to freely play in the
Wandera notes that the incident inspired him to look out for
deaf children from different parts of the country.
According to Wandera, he mobilized sign
language teachers to skill them in primary communication skills, as a means of
boosting their literacy levels before assembling them in an inclusive learning
He, however, says that, most parents lack the willingness to
help their children excel, with limited efforts in providing them with
scholastic materials, abandoning all their cares to the school administration.
//cue in: “One time, i…
Cue out…sleep over here,”.
Wandera adds that, with uncertainties on the affordability
of inclusive secondary schools to accommodate the learners after completion
of primary school, they have set up a skilling center where the pupils are equipped skills in computer literacy, smart agriculture, tailoring, crafts making, mechanics, among
others, which can empower them to be self-sufficient in their adult lives.