The disability umbrella body Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi (FEDOMA) has given two months autumn to the Ministry of Education to make sure Makande Resource Centre in Chikwawa is rehabilitated.
FEDOMA Executive Director, Action Amos said in an interview that if the ministry fails to do so within the given period he will mobilize people around the resource centre to demonstrate to the district education office.
According to reports, Makande Resource Centre which is situated at Ngabu was gutted down by fire on 5th January, 2014 and since then, 36 blind children have been learning in a tiny old room with inadequate learning materials including perking Braille and Braille papers.
“I would like to ask the Ministry of Education especially the department of special needs to be active and not passive in responding to issues affecting children with disabilities.
If the situation does not change within the two months period, we will be forced to mobilize people around Makande and hold a demonstration if the ministry of education does not start rehabilitating the resource centre,” said Amos.
He added that as FEDOMA, they would not stand and watch government taking two full years without renovating the resource centre.
The situation is not even pleasing to the teachers and visually impaired learners at the resource who are not happy with government’s failure to renovate their resource centre.
The learners and their In charge Richard Zuze have since called on government and development partners to urgently renovate the resource centre in order to improve the education standards of pupils with learning difficulties.
However, on his part Deputy Director in the Department of Special Needs in the Ministry of Education, David Njaidi said they have all along waited for Sight Savers to renovate the resource centre but now that they were taking too long; they will depend on the district education office to rehabilitate the resource centre.
Speaking on Friday during an awareness meeting organized by FEDOMA on incorporating youth with various disabilities in government projects, Chikwawa District Council official Noel Dakamau said they will seriously think of taking urgent steps to rehabilitated Makande Resource Centre.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :