Emes Akaso enjoys scholarship

IFA Support Students with Disabilities


Published: June 20, 2019, 2:44 p.m.

IFA Support Students with Disabilities


• IFA supports the right to education for all
• A boy with a 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 despite he invented the light bulb to power his room at home.

But now, Emes is learning in grade two, thanks to a scholarship from the Inclusive Friends Association, through the inclusive education project.

“We believe that the right to education is fundamental to all,” said Grace Jerry, IFA executive director. Her nongovernmental organization helps children with disabilities attend school and teachers better accommodate the needs of these students.

Learning together is an initiative of inclusive education project that seeks to improve the educational outcomes of children with disability in Nigeria through advocating for opportunities that enhance mainstreaming and access to full participation in a learning environment.

Teacher Mr Agbo says Emes is doing well in his new class.

“He is good at conferencing, despite the difficulty in his speech,” said Mr Agbo. “He is also creative, and very good at 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 get a quality education.