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Disabled Women in Africa (Diwa) has reaffirmed its commitment to prioritise children with disabilities in accessing quality and inclusive education.

Speaking during the training workshop of teachers at Kalolo Primary School in Lilongwe, Diwa Project Manager Rejoice Masebo said most teachers lack training and awareness about inclusive education methodologies and the diversity of disabilities.

“It is against this background that our organisation, through Teachers’ Inclusive Education Alliance and funded by Disability Rights Fund, is training about 100 teachers from 10 primary schools in Lilongwe,” said Masebo.

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One of the teachers, Blair Maxwell, commended the organisation for the training saying it would go a long way in moulding the future of children with disabilities.

“This will narrow the knowledge gap that existed between us teachers and the physically and intellectually challenged learners,” said Maxwell, a Standard 8 teacher.

He, however, bemoaned lack of resources to enable the teachers deliver perfectly.

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In his remarks, Primary Education Advisor (PEA), Aubrey Dickson, asked the organisation to expand its horizon and reach out to many other schools across the district.

“You have to extend your project to other schools where there are lots of children with disabilities who are still facing stigma and discrimination,” said Dickson.

Established in 2012, Diwa is a non-governmental organisation aimed at empowering women with disabilities. It is funded by Disability Rights Fund.

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