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Mandera residents appeal for special school

Education stakeholders in Mandera County are calling on government to build more Schools for the hearing impaired learners in the region, stating that there was  only one such important institutions in the vast County.

The Director, Mandera County Teachers Service Commission (TSC), Yussuf Abdullahi, stressed the importance of such special institutions in helping those with hearing challenges overcome communication difficulties.

Speaking during celebration to mark this year International Day of Sign Language held at the Mandera Vocational Training Center, Mr. Abdullahi said it is crucial to have schools for the hearing impaired learners in each Sub-county to cater for the many children who need special education.

“I want to request government to consider having such institutions in every sub- county, they are important in enhancing communication with children with hearing problems,” said Abdullahi.

Asha Adan, a teacher at the Mandera School for the Deaf, urged both levels of governments to work towards having more school for the physically challenged children in the region.

She at the same time asked ask parents and guardians to ensure children with disabilities are enrolled in school.

Adan added that it’s important to create awareness on significance of sign language to the society, that enable people communicate with the hearing impaired members.

Mandera School for the Deaf has an enrollment of 26 pupils. International Day of Sign Language is celebrated September 23rd every year.

By Charles Matacho

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