The Rift Valley Regional Commissioner (RC), Mongo Chimwaga has hailed sports for children with disability as the most effective way of driving forward the ongoing campaign in Nakuru against stigma on disability.
Noting that children living with disability were still highly stigmatized, Chimwaga observed that various forms of sporting activities provided an avenue for these children to develop their talents to be abled differently.
While flagging off national sports for special schools at Nakuru’s Railway grounds on Monday, Chimwaga said the government was keen on ensuring all children accessed free and quality education and parents should ensure that their children go to public schools.
Children with disabilities are often deemed to be a curse and some parents deny them access to education and healthcare leaving them at a far greater disadvantage throughout their lives, he said.
He called on parents with children living with any form of disability to also enroll them in various special or integrated schools across the country for quality education.
He urged members of the public to report incidents of neglect of such children to relevant authorities for timely intervention and assured participants of peace during the sporting week.
Some 1, 180 teams from special schools across the country were set to participate in a week long national Special Needs Children Ball Games Championships in Nakuru from today.
The commissioner commended teachers in special schools for their diligence in enabling their pupils become useful to themselves and society.
The Nakuru County Director of Education (CDE), Isaac Atebe said the participants would take part in various ball games and athletics at Nakuru Boys/Girls High Schools, Hills school and Kirobon Girls high school.
Atebe pointed out that the 15th sporting edition takes place in the spirit of ongoing reforms in the education sector and is driven under the theme Inclusive Education through Sports.
The CDE noted that the sporting activities sought to scale up awareness among members of the public about the need for equal and quality education for children living with disabilities
He emphasized that during the games, experts would help tap talents for nurturing to enable gifted disabled children become access in sports and also represent the country on the global stage.
Source: Kenya News Agency