Olawuyi made the call in a lecture entitled, “Break Barriers, Open Doors for Inclusive Education for all,” at the World Disability Day 2013, celebrated by the Kwara State University, Malete.
The programme, the first of its kind in the University, was organised by the Department of Special/Inclusive Education, Faculty of Education, at the Institution’s auditorium.
“I suggest that the government include sign language as one of the official languages. In the US for instance, children who are not hearing impaired are exposed to the learning of sign language early in life,” she said.
Olawuyi, who stressed the need for children to be encouraged to learn sign language, said, “More than one billion people around the world of whom 93 million are children, live with some form of disability or the other,” and that most of them are found in the Third World countries, including Nigeria.
“Technical/vocational education panacea to unemployment”
From: Sikirat Shehu, Ilorin
Governments and stakeholders have been urged to focus more on technical and vocational education in the nation’s education curriculum so as to make students self-reliant after graduation.
The provost, Kwara State College of Education (Technical), Lafiaji, Dr. Isiaka Alhasan made the appeal in Ilorin in a chat with newsmen.
According to him, the rate of unemployment in Nigeria calls for proactive action towards reducing the rate and also to pave way for more job opportunities for youths as many graduates are being rendered idle after graduation.
“Technical and vocational education remains the only solution to unemployment and can also bring about industrialization technological advancement in developing Nation” he said
Alhassan also implored parents to encourage their wards in skills and vocational education to make the job creator.