A peaceful walk was held to the Lagos House of Assembly on Wednesday by the Human Development Initiative (HDI) and ActionAid Nigeria in partnership with persons with disabilities.
The walk was held to demand a review of the policy on inclusive education, among other things.
During the sensitisation walk from Allen Avenue Junction, Ikeja to the assembly complex to present a list of demands to Speaker Mudasiru Obasa, HDI executive director, Olufunso Owasanoye, reminded everyone there that no school-age child should be left behind.
In addition to calling for the government’s policy documents on inclusive education to be reviewed and acted upon by the Ministry of Education, Ms Owasanoye urged the government to increase the share of budgetary allocation to education in the ongoing budget deliberations of 2022 to support gender-responsive and inclusive education.
“Government should amend existing schools structures to meet inclusive education standard and also to break down all known barriers in the way of persons with disabilities,” the HDI boss urged. “There should be the provision of ramps, electronic interactive materials, braille materials for the visually-impaired and special teachers administering teaching in an all-inclusive environment.”
She added, “All tertiary institutions owned by the Lagos State government should have a Department of Inclusive Education. Many children with disabilities cannot go to school because of lack of knowledge of the location of inclusive facilities.”
Obasa’s representative, Victor Akande, the chairman of House Committee on Human Rights, Judiciary and Public Petitions, promised that the Lagos legislature would carefully examine laws affecting people with disabilities, in order to amend them to suit the purpose of the protest.
He also assured that Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu would also carefully examine the laws.