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Teachers to benefit from Special Needs training

Monday, January 27, 2014 | 2:23 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Scores of Jamaican classroom teachers will benefit from the introduction of a Special Education module that will eventually equip them with strategies to help them instruct students with special needs. 

According to the Education Ministry, the implementation of the training course, entitled ‘Inclusive Education: Teaching Children with Exceptionalities in Mainstream Classrooms’, is being spearheaded by the Special Education Project of the Education System Transformation Programme. 

The initiative forms part of capacity-building and support activities planned to meet the needs of the education system in a sustainable manner, following the 2004 Task Force Report on Educational Reform and the 2011 conference on Special Education, the Ministry said in a release.   

The module, which was developed by the Nathan Ebanks Foundation and its training partner Full Circle Consulting Systems Incorporated, was crafted specifically for the Jamaican system and will, in the first phase, result in the equipping of 30 special educators as trainers. 

These trainers will then be required to deliver the content to approximately 9000 teachers over the next two years, using Quality Education Circles as well as school clusters, the Ministry said.

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