Twenty-eight teachers and administrators within the special-needs sector recently completed a training workshop designed to sharpen their skills in educating the disabled.
Individuals who are physically or mentally challenged, including the deaf, blind, and the otherwise disabled who are enrolled in the various programmes, should see the benefit from the training exercise.
The workshop, the first of a series planned to improve information communication techniques (ICT) among individuals who are responsible for teaching the disabled, was funded by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the McCam Child Care and Development Centre.
It was designed to build the capacity of teachers and development officers in the disability sector of schools, community-based organisations, government ministries and agencies.
This is part of a plan to, over a period, increase the quality and quantity of ICT specialists who will be able to train others in effecting change in the scientific study of the nature and development of children.
The presenters included Dr Hara Padhy, regional adviser in information and communication for UNESCO in the Caribbean, and Dr Melody Williams, education technologist.
The two highlighted new and emerging ICT tools, techniques, policies, activities and resources which will influence and impact special education.