Kenya Primary Special Schools Association for Learners with Special Needs (KPSSALSN) has appealed to the government through the Ministry of Education to facilitate special primary schools acquire the right sports equipment and materials for the good of their learners.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 17th Edition of National Special Schools Ball Games Championship at Meru Polytechnic, the association chair Sister Judith Khavengwesi said the learners with special needs are talented in various sporting disciplines but lack appropriate playing kits to enable them to develop their talents better.
Sister Khavengwesi noted that the sporting equipment was very expensive for the individual schools to afford thus calling for the government to chip in.
She underscored the value of sports among learners with special needs noting that it helps them develop holistically.
“The games and sports provide the learners and coaches an opportunity to physical fitness. It is to enhance their identity as persons with special needs,” stated the association chair.
She mentioned that for instance the hearing impaired need swimming pools for their general physical fitness and standard wheelchairs during racing competitions.
She added that mentally challenged leaners need special balls, call balls whereas visually impaired need showdown tables and special balls.
She lauded the championships saying they shall make the country known both locally and internationally and the provision of the right equipment and materials will go in a long way towards the success of CBC in the special schools.
The host Meru County CEC for Education Ms. Linah Kailanya commended the participants for their courage mentioning that their show makes the country proud.
“It is indeed a day of admiration seeing all the talents that have been showcased by these learners. This proves disability is not inability and indeed this is a well-mandated treat for nurturing our special children,” Kailanya commended.
She urged parents with children who have special needs to seek for support from relevant government authorities noting that Meru County has launched a PWD Sacco.
A total of 1200 learners with special needs and 170 teachers are in the participation of the championship that started today and scheduled to end this Saturday.
At the same time, similar national ball games championships for the regular pupils is ongoing at the Meru Teachers Training college.