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Special Needs Education Students Graduate

Addis Ababa University’s Special Needs Support Center (SNSC) and the Ministry of Education collaboratively organized a special commencement program on Friday, 23rd August, 2019 at Mandela hall.

The celebration was used to amplify issues of concern to people with disabilities through themes that included “I am also a user of technology, I can be helpful” and “Let us make use of the potentials of our people through promoting sign language”.

The center graduated 92 visually impaired Teachers trained in computer skills and 72 teachers and education experts trained in sign language.

Yirgashewa Bekele (PhD), Director of Special Needs Support center (SNSC), in her remarks said, “If we stand together, we can take measures to alleviate serious problems of disagreement”. She further added that three special curricular guiding modules funded by Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) are prepared to be implemented in the new Ethiopian Academic year. The modules are beleieved to be helpful in bringing about improvements in the teaching-learning process in the Center.

W/ro Assefash Tekalign, a representative of Ministry of Education, briefly stated about inclusive learning saying that “The Ethiopian government is working hard to make Education accessible to all Ethiopians both with quality and equity. Ethiopia had also signed International conventions that can help people with physical disabilities. To put the signed conventions into practice, the government should take serious actions to make inclusive learning real”.

Estifanos Elle (PhD), from the office of Academic Vice President of AAU, said on his part, “They say the only disability in life is bad attitude.  In other words, If there were no bad attitudes in the society, it means that there is no disability at all as physical disability is not disability.”

Zelalem Moges

Office of External Relations, Partnerships and Communications