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British Council priorities inclusion in its education commitment

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Lilongwe, September 15: Director of British Council in Malawi, Reena Johl has stressed the need to widen the definition of inclusive education in Malawi to complement the council’s Connecting Classrooms project

Speaking at a stakeholder’s breakfast meeting in Lilongwe on Wednesday, she said it’s very commonly understood that inclusive education encompasses children with disabilities and the education system is equipped to manage that.

Johl said, “Inclusion has a much wider definition which takes into account children who are heads of households, orphans, children with a range of learning disabilities like dyslexia. That is what our Connecting Classrooms module supports them to do.

“We are looking at the capacity building aspect of the project, that's equipping teachers and school leaders to be able to manage at a practical level and meet the needs of all learners in their classrooms.”

Johl said the Connecting Classrooms module on inclusive education launched this week is central to the mission of British Council in terms of supporting equality, inclusion, diversity and is central to their commitment to education.

She added that bringing together stakeholders with interest in special needs education was important for all to discuss what they are doing and to see how together they can work to take forward and contribute to the ministry’s strategy on inclusive education in Malawi.

Director of Special Needs in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology David Njaidi added that the meeting was essential for stakeholder’s awareness on the national inclusive strategy that the ministry has developed.

“Through this strategy, we are trying to bring excluded learners into school like learners with various disabilities that have been excluded from the education system. People that operate in schools are the teachers, so if we give them the right awareness on inclusive education, the schools will accommodate every learner regardless of the individual differences.

“We need to give the teachers more skills so that they know the differences in various disabilities and learning challenges in their schools. That way can help their own strategies to address those challenges and also giving them the right teaching and learning resources,” Njaidi said.

Connecting Classrooms is British council’s programme for schools which focuses on continuous development opportunity for teachers and school leaders.


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