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Transformative Visit by NCPWD: A Promise of Inclusive Education and Hope at WASSA IDP Camp

In a remarkable display of commitment to inclusive education, Dr. James David Lalu, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Persons With Disabilities, undertook a profound inspection tour of the Transitional Learning Center nestled within the WASSA Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp in the Federal Capital Territory on the 5th of February, 2024.

During an intimate address to the resilient children at the center, Dr. Lalu urged them to embrace responsibility, respect for authority, and attentiveness to their dedicated teachers, emphasizing the pivotal role education plays in shaping a brighter future.

In Press release signed by Mbanefo JohnMichaels I, Head Press and Public Relations Unit, NCPWD, expressing gratitude, the Executive Secretary took a moment to commend the “Maple Leaf Early Years Foundation” for their commendable initiative in establishing the Learning Center, a beacon of hope for inclusive education.

A pivotal announcement unfolded as Dr. Lalu pledged to reconstruct the temporary ramps surrounding the school premises, ensuring they meet the highest standards for seamless access by Persons with Disabilities. This transformative move aims to enhance accessibility and inclusivity, aligning with the Commission’s unwavering commitment to leaving no one behind.

Geoffrey Bitrus, the Chairman of WASSA IDP camp, shed light on the daily challenges faced by displaced persons, notably the scarcity of food within the camp. Urgently calling on the Nigerian Federal Government for assistance, he emphasized the dire need for support to alleviate the struggles of the 7,000 inhabitants of one of FCT’s largest IDP camps.

Adding to the event’s significance, Mrs. Ifedinma Nwigwe, the Executive Director of Maple Leaf Years Foundation, expressed profound gratitude for the Commission’s visit. She highlighted the collaborative efforts with the National Commission for Refugee and Internally Displaced Persons, a partnership focused on bringing solace to the distressed.

In a surprising twist of fate, Nwigwe unveiled exciting news about the upcoming European Project’s Awards for Inclusion. Scheduled for the 21st of February in Vienna, Austria, the Maple Leaf Early Years Foundation is set to receive a prestigious award, further solidifying its dedication to inclusive education.

As we reflect on this momentous occasion, it is evident that the visit not only signifies a commitment to inclusive education but also serves as a call to action for a collective effort to address the pressing needs of those in distress. Dr. Lalu and his team at the NCPWD are not just making promises; they are taking tangible steps towards a more inclusive and hopeful future for all.



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