The education of disabled children is a global issue. According to UNESCO, fewer than 10% of disabled children in Africa attend school or receive any kind of formal education. It stands to reason therefore, that if we are to make any significant progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of universal primary education by 2015, concerted effort must be made to provide access to quality education for children with physical disabilities.
The Delta State Government is making such an effort. For the 2010/2011 academic session, the state gave over N17million for the education of 436 children with physical disabilities and deceased parents through the state Bursary and Scholarship Board.
The children of deceased civil servants got N12,000 each for primary school pupils, N22,000 each for those in secondary school and N30,000 each for students in higher institutions while for the physically challenged primary school pupils got N20,000 each, secondary school students got N30,000 each and students in higher institutions each got N50,000.
The assistance provided by this initiative goes a long way in lessening the plight of families who live with the challenges of coping with physical disability on a daily basis. To many of these children, the opportunity of a quality education considerably brightens their future and increases their chances at a life of normalcy.
This is yet another demonstration of the Uduaghan administration's resolve to continually develop the quality of human capital in Delta State by ensuring that no indigene is denied their right to education as a result of a lack of funds.