#WorldAlbinismDay: Inclusive Learning for Children with albinism

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Children with albinism receive different treatment all over the world. There are measures put in place ensuring that children, especially children with albinism, have access to qualitative education.

 

Learning for the persons with albinism can only be streamlined upon proper placement of infrastructure in education. There are many ways through which persons with albinism can be empowered: Have access to grants and scholarships that will enable them attain whatever level of quality education they desire. Formulate policies that would incorporate albinism education into the school curriculum to ensure that it became a subject to be taught. This is to ensure the stereotypes and perceptions are cleared out to ensure these persons are fully integrated and accepted in our communities.

 

When their confidence is founded from their early years from home and conducive environment in school, they will excel and succeed in whatever they want to do.

 

Teachers as Key players:

The teacher or curriculum instructor or adult plays a major role to ensure they are fully integrated into the learning activities. For the teacher to be equipped with the skill of how to attend to the persons with albinism, one has to be educated about the condition so that they feel comfortable with the condition. To equip teachers with the knowledge to handle persons with albinism, they have to undergo a special education training so as to meet their needs.

 

To help the children with albinism quickly adjust to the classroom environment, correct terms must be used when referring to them- refer to the child as a person with albinism so as to be an example to other children when referring to their peer (s).

 

When preparing learning materials such as teaching aids, it is important to consider this group of people. When there are reading materials to be used, ensure the font size is visible enough to them as some usually have visual impairment.

 

Learning environment cuts across regular classrooms to educational platforms using technological devices or ICT to spread education. Like other students, persons with albinism will only benefit when the platforms are developed to incorporate audio and audiovisuals learning materials. This is to ensure that some students benefit from using recorded materials and recorded books or lessons.

 

Knowing that teachers would undoubtedly be overwhelmed with handling the students using the mainstream curriculum, it is important to assign teachers to handle these types of learners so as to give attention to them by close monitoring.

 

A few intervention measures to the school environment to enhance high academic input from the persons with albinism: Allowing the persons with albinism to put on hats, have them have their own books even if the rest of the classmates are sharing and enlightening the rest of the school community of their condition. It is only when we learn and understand albinism that we will be able to create a learning friendly environment.

Cross posted with permission from Polly Expressions.

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Polly Okaron is our lead content coordinator. A teacher by profession, Polly is passionate about children empowerment through education. With more than 800,000 users, Eneza plans to expand to 50 million by 2022. 

Comments 2

  1. Simpiwe G. Mancotywa

    Thank you Polly Okaron for your inside information on Albinism. My name is Simpiwe Mancotywa from South Africa and our son who 14 years and at grade 9 suffers from the same condition.

    As parents we have made possible to educate him from an early age in order to accept himself and to educate other ignorant learners. The school has been accepting of his condition and his acceptance by fellow student has been excellent. This year we are in the process of registering an educational and awareness organisation that will focus on the advocacy and protection of these children and adults with Albinism.

    Our plans are to keep an updated data collection in order to provide excellent services to them and also to know where to find each one of them. The awareness programme is there to capacitate and empower communities about Albinism and for them to protect them from any harm. The education is mainly to upskil teachers on how to teach these children and school policies that will protect these children from discrimination.

    We have been assisting his teachers with the basic information that has been helpful however we feel we need more help and assistance in order to ensure quality programmes are planned for this new beginning.
    Your assistance would be highly appreciated. Thank you.

  2. Jeremiah Wakaya

    I think we are making steps in the right direction towards protecting people with albinism. I hardly come around cases of discrimination such as are common in other countries. We need to keep moving perhaps at even a higher pace to secure the lives of these brothers and sisters of ours.

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