Inaugural special schools sports extravaganza kicks off

Thirty sporting teams from special schools across the Country are set to participate in a week long national sports extravaganza for children with special needs in Nakuru from today.

Nakuru County Director of Education Isaac Atebe says the participants will take part in various ball games and athletics at Nakuru Boys and Girls High School in Nakuru East and Kirobon Girls secondary School in Rongai constituency.

Speaking after flagging off the games set to begin this afternoon, Atebe said the 30 teams will comprise of players drawn from primary and secondary schools playing in various categories of the games that are widely anticipated to fetch winners’ coveted prizes and trophies.

He says the first ever sporting fete in the spirit of education reforms is driven under the theme inclusive education through sports and seeks to scale up awareness about the need for equal and quality education for children living with disabilities.

Atebe says during the games, experts will help tap talents for nurturing to enable talented children grow into sports aces and represent the country on the global stage of sports.

In the country disability is still highly stigmatised. Children with disabilities are often deemed to be a curse and their parents deny them access to education and health care leaving them at a far greater disadvantage throughout their lives.

The Director called on parents with Children living with any form of disability to enroll the children in various special or integrated schools across the Country for quality education.

Nakuru East Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Haji Salat commended the move saying it will help in driving forward the ongoing campaign in Nakuru against stigma on disability.

The administrator assured participants of an incident free sporting week.

Source: Kenya News Agency