By Yosam Gucwaki
Ministry of Education and Sports with support from UNICEF has given hearing aids to 38 learners with hearing impairments at Bishop Rwakaikara primary school in Kagadi town.
According to the education officer in charge for special needs in Kagadi district, Fred Twinomujuni, 3 out of 38children received treatment last year in Fort portal, Kabarole district.
Twinomujuni said that the exercise fulfills the objective of inclusive education, which the ministry is trying to formulate into a policy.
The Head teacher Bishop Rwakaikara Primary school Rev. Francis Mugisa Atwooki, said that the recipients of the hearing aids have to undergo lessons to learn how to speak in their mother tongue plus English since they couldn’t listen and understand the languages.
Mugisa is optimistic that the school will start teaching children with the hearing aids on how to read and write.
He said each hearing aid, cost 1m shillings.
Interestingly, under the guidance of their instructor, some of the Beneficiaries started to speak, though not clearly because it was their first time to hear and listen
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