The Northwest Regional Delegates of Basic and Secondary Education have commended the professionalism of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services in championing inclusive education in Cameroon; stating that international and national laws have given the legal backing for education stakeholders to enforce inclusive education.
Ngwang Roland Yuven and Ndong Wilfred were speaking respectively at the opening and close of a 3-day workshop organized by the Empowerment and Disability Inclusive Development (EDID) Program.
The workshop was part of leveraging and sustaining gains made thus far in inclusive education, within the Northwest Regional community of practice (CoP).
Organized with funds from the Liliane Fonds, the workshop brought together over 70 participants from the Northwest Regional Inclusive Education CoP, to enhance their capacities for effective inclusionary practices in the classroom.
Mr. Yuven Rolland, Northwest Regional Delegate of Secondary Education says the workshop was timely. “It is coming at the end of the academic year when there is ample time for teachers to evaluate and prepare for an upcoming academic year.
“I am elated with the efforts of the CBC Health Services because this is the first workshop organized on inclusive education since the end of the 2022 school year in the region. I hope to see an increase in the enrollment of learners with disabilities as well as increased commitment and attention on the part of the teachers in meeting the needs of learners with impairments,” he said.
For three days, participants were drilled by selected facilitators on inclusive education practices as well as disability concepts.
Mrs. Fobuzie Bridget, lead facilitator and Inclusive Education Advisor for the CBC Health Services shared personal experiences in inclusive education on the Universal Design for Learning.
Participants at the end of the workshop said they have been equipped with skills that would go a long way to impact learners with impairments. They pledged their commitment to ensuring that inclusive practices learned will be put to use in their different schools.
Mr. Ndong Wilfred, Northwest Regional Delegate of Basic Education at the close implored the teachers to diligently serve the children without discrimination or bias. “Your work in promoting inclusion is not only a job but a calling- God approves of.”
I will pay an inspection visit to most of the schools during the upcoming academic year to ensure the knowledge from the workshop is being put into practice, he said