Emes Akaso

IFA SUPPORTS STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

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Published: March 7, 2019, 2:18 p.m.

Highlights

 IFA project supports the right to education for all
 A boy with learning disability gets free education
 Children with disability can equally make a difference

Emes Noel Akaso, 18, has a learning disability and is hard of hearing. The teenager spent years at home
without any formal education because his parents thought there was no need to “waste resources” on a
child who couldn’t learn in a conventional school.
But now Emes is learning in a school designed to accommodate the needs of special students like him,
thanks to a scholarship from Inclusive Friends Association.
“We believe that the right to education is fundamental to all,” said Grace Jerry, IFA executive director.
IFA’s Inclusive Education Project seeks to improve the educational outcomes of thousands of children
with disabilities in Nigeria. Over the last three years, 15 students in 8 communities in Plateau State
received scholarships and many others enrolled in school as a result of the project’s sensitization
programs. Women Without Walls Initiative and the Deaf Women Association help fund the project.
The teachers at Emes’ school understand the needs of students with disabilities. They steady the hands
of students who need help writing. They suggest words that students with speech impediments can
pronounce. And the teachers step in when students need help with hygiene or using the bathroom.
Teacher Mr. Agbo said Emes is doing well in his new class.
“He make contributions that are meaningful, despite the difficulty in his speech,” said Mr. Agbo. “He is
also creative, and very good in playing football and athletics.”
When asked about his ambitions, Emes said shyly, “I want to be a soldier.”
Despite his disability, Emes desires to serve his country as a soldier. His determination to give back
shows just how valuable it is to invest in every child’s future – by ensuring they are given all the support
they need to get a quality education.
To find out how you can support the Inclusive Education Project, contact us on info@inclusivefriends.org