Friendly environment must for special children: Qasim Naveed
KARACHI:Special Assistant to CM Sindh on Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar has said that hearing impaired and visually challenged children are second to none in talents just they need a friendly environment to enhance their capabilities.
This he said in a seminar on Understanding the need to mainstream the discourse on Inclusion and Equity,Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi/ASER Pakistan, in collaboration with FESF and Sightsavers, organized a policy dialogue to discuss the burning issue of inclusion and equity in the country here in a local hotel.
On this occasion Khalid Chachar (Secretary, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities), Ms Zubaida Mustafa (Eminent Journalist), Richard Geary (Executive Director, FESF/Deaf Reach), Khalid Naeem (Former Director General, Ministry of Special Education and Social Welfare, Government of Pakistan), Dr KausarWaqar (AKU-IED),Dr Ghazala (AKU-IED), Rana Hussain (Education Consultant, Government of Sindh), Omair Ahmed (Director, NOWPDP) and Baela Raza Jamil (CEO, ITA) graced the occasion which was attended by a large number of participants from government, civil society organizations, donor agencies, research think tanks and education experts.
It was shared that a staggering 15.15% of the surveyed children (5-16 years) were found to have a moderate/severe disability. It was proposed that there was a need to scale up the survey to the rest of the country as well in order to measure the disability prevalence in the country.
Findings from the learning assessment of visually impaired and Deaf children, using the Braille and Pakistan Sign Language adapted ASER learning tools, show that visually impaired children were performing remarkably well, despite of only 33% of schools having assistive technologies for visually impaired.
It was highlighted that Sign Language should be taught to Deaf children so that these children could also communicate and learn properly. Dialogue ended with all stakeholders committing to take the work initiated by ITA forward.