Friday, 29 July 2016

Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation donates fund to disabilities, charges FG on inclusive education

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Dr, Orji Uzor Kalu

Dissatisfied by  the educational status of many disabled persons in Nigeria, Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation has donated cash and educational materials for the building of school for disabilities in Nigeria.
This is even as the Foundation charges Federal Government to practice all inclusive education to give the disabilities a sense of belonging.
The Chairman of the Foundation , Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu  made this known recently, during a  launching event tagged  'Fun Night Under Classical Music' organized by The Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation in Abuja .

Represented by the Vice Chairman of Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation,  Chief Sam Nkire, Kalu lamented that Nigerians should be worried over the plight of over 7 million disabled Nigerians who are not enrolled in schools.
He noted that it is disturbing to read that 95% of the disabled population are from under privileged homes .
According to him, " People with disabilities face societal prejudice and intolerance in the community, institutions and even amongst their family circle.
He said it is only  inclusive and purpose-driven education, which to him means education for a purpose, is the way to go in developing the socio-emotional health, academic success and functional skills of people with disabilities.
It can be recalled that Kalu in his days as Abia State Governor engaged in  poverty eradication package and social improvement programmes which included free services for schools and students. These were provided through  introduction of tuition-free education in both primary and secondary schools, distribution of free computer sets, textbooks, mathematical sets amongst others and the renovation of over 800 schools.
Kalu urged the Federal Government to do whatever it can to promote quality and inclusive education for the children, especially those who have challenges. 
Kalu who was also the Chairman of the occasion, in his closing remark commended  the organizers and Founder of The Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation,Dr. Princess Badewa T. Adejugbe-Williams. He complimented their efforts and said the idea  of sourcing fund to build school for disabilities is  an impressive initiative.

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