Choma District Administrative Officer (DAO), Vincent Sikanyela has called for sensitisation of parents that are
unwilling to take their disabled children to School.
Speaking yesterday during the commemoration of Literacy Day at Choma’s Adastra Primary School, Mr Sikanyela observed that every child has the potential to learn regardless of their intellectual or physical impairments.
He noted that education has the power to change life situations.
Mr Sikanyela was impressed by the reading ability of differently-abled school children ranging from grade one to seven who were drawn from eight schools during commemoration of the Literacy Day.
The pupils from zone A included the hearing and intellectually impaired, blind and able bodied pupils from Nahumba, Swan, Emerging Stars, Airport, River Jordan, Kamunza, and Adastra primary schools.
Mr Sikanyela said government was pleased with the interventions that are being put in place to bring long life skills to communities in Choma District.
He commended both government and private schools in the District for using local languages as a medium of instruction in the early grades.
And Zone A Coordinator, Webby Siajinde expressed worry at the deteriorating reading culture among Zambians and called for a
change of mind-set.
And Step Up Zambia Provincial Advisor, Matthews Chirwa said his organisation is committed to improving reading levels by 2020 and will offer technical support to schools in an effort to end illiteracy in Choma.