Special Education Needs Fair highlights strides in Region Three

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Essequibo Islands-West Demerara continues to celebrate Education Month
2018 with lots of activities and yesterday hosted an Exposition and
Fair targeting Special Needs students and teachers. The activity was
held at the West Demerara Secondary School under the theme, “Embracing
the Special Education Needs Paradigm in Education”.

The event saw many Special Needs children showcasing their skills from
reading, listening, dancing and playing various games. The exposition
was deemed a success in the eyes of many who attended. Mosses Grant, a
popular educator in Region Three said, “I am delighted to be here,
this shows that there is real progress in Education and equality that
we so often hear of.”

Co-ordinator of the activity and Education Officer with
responsibilities for Special Education Needs in Region Three, Akeshia
Benjamin – gave an overview of the activity during the formal opening
of the SEN fair.  According to Benjamin, the activity aimed to promote
the importance of Special Education Needs through public awareness and
alliance building. She said it paves the way for the SEN unit to
advance its work in the delivery of services to children who have
Special Education Needs.

Benjamin added: “Specifically, it forms the basis in keeping with the
Ministry of Education’s SEN Action Plan – Partnerships in Education as
a means to encourage positive attitudes towards persons with SEN and
facilitate access to educational, medical, social and other pertinent

Education Officer, Devendra Persaud who spoke on behalf of the
Regional Education Officer revealed that a “state-of-the-art Special
Needs School was constructed at Schoonord and will soon be
commissioned; there is a SEN class at Wales which will be
operationalised in October and we now have a SEN unit at the
Department of Education with a newly appointed SEN Officer.”

Delivering the feature address was Regional Executive Officer Denis
Jaikaran who said: “The SEN Exposition and Fair will provide the
avenue for teachers, parents and other members of the public to be
sensitised on various categories of Special Abilities that children
are gifted with. In addition, it will promote greater awareness among
the public that learners with SEN can also be self-sufficient and can
contribute to the country’s economy through skills development.”

Among the stakeholders presented with certificates of appreciation
were the SEN Unit – Ministry of Education NCERD, West Demerara
Regional Hospital Rehabilitation Services Department, Regional
Literacy Unit Region Three, School’s Welfare Unit Regions Three, Four
and Five, Cyril Potter College of Education, Sophia Special School,
Open Doors Centre, David Rose Special School, Child Link Guyana Inc
and Child Care and Protection Agency.

Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul


reg 3 SEN – Newly appointed Special Education Needs (SEN) Officer,
Akeisha Benjamin making her presentation

reg 3 Sen 2, reg 3 SEN 3 – Scenes from the Region Three Special
Education Needs (SEN) Fair and Exposition

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