This project will train teachers and provide learning materials for 2 mainstream primary schools in Lagos so that they can practice inclusion and children with special needs can receive good education.
The provision of special education needs in Nigeria can be described as largely unavailable. Available data shows that out of the 1,001 primary schools in Lagos State, only 17 schools currently provide Special Educational Needs (SEN) services. This excludes 8 specialist schools and schools for children with physical disabilities. As discouraging as this seems, Lagos State still represents one of the states with the highest number of schools practising inclusion in Nigeria.
The Winford Centre for Children and Women is taking a third sector initiative by embarking on this project of migrating 2 mainstream primary schools in Lagos State from a non-inclusive status to a fully inclusive status by providing all the training and facilities needed to provide SEN services to international standards. Through this project, we will provide support services to children as well as identify the practical problems associated with practising full school inclusion in Lagos State.
This project will make good quality mainstream education more accessible to children with special needs who don't need to attend special schools. It will also reduce the financial burden on parents as they would not have to pay exorbitant prices to get these facilities in a school. Ultimately by doing this project children with special needs stand a chance at having a decent future where they can be productive and add value to their society.