- Some pupils have proven that they have abilities to do what others without disability do
- Three of the pupils were selected by the management of the school based on their unique qualities
- One of the pupils, Adewale Ojo, aspires to be a good artist despite his challenge
The expression, disability is not inability, has been proven by some pupils of school of handicaps in Okeho in Kajola local government area of Oyo state.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Oyo, Imran Khalid, reports that the LA Basic school for the handicapped, located off Adegbite road, along Isemi-Ile road, Okeho, showcased pupils with disability with most outstanding and unique qualities and skills.
Out of the pupils in the schools, three most outstanding were selected for one unique quality or the other.
They are: Adewale Emmanuel Ojo whose hands and legs are paralysed but skillful in climbing the tree, Orunpekun Paul who is lame and Awolola Alice Ore-Oluwa, a deaf and dumb pupil.
The assistant headmaster of the school, Comrade E.S Amuda, while speaking on problems facing the school, disclosed that despite the physical challenges that the handicaps are battling with, many of them are unique and outstanding in many areas that people with no disabilities could not triumph.
While unveiling their names and potentials, Amuda who is also blind, said that Adewale Ojo is a handicap whose hands and legs are paralysed but gifted in perfect drawing with little or no errors despite his current challenges.
Ojo, a primary six pupil, is also a talented cobbler and someone who can tighten and loose bolts and nuts respectively.
According to him, Paul, a lame who is in primary six, is very skillful in climbing trees with no assistance from anybody.
Speaking on Ore-Oluwa who is in basic three of the school, Amuda said although the pupil is deaf and dumb, she could dance accurately to melodious music with no errors to music steps.
Amuda said that their skills and talents became known during the assembly session and most especially when series of occasions were organised for the pupils with a view to identifying their uniqueness.
The blind assistant headmaster said the pupils have stood out in areas where people with no disabilities could not excel.
He, however, lamented the challenges hindering the effectiveness of the teachers and failure to put the pupils through on vocational training.
Amuda noted that many pupils have been identified with areas of vocational specialisation, adding that there was no single equipment or materials like audio-visuals to make the training an encouraging one.
He added that government has not employed other professional handicapped teachers whose impacts would be considerably felt in grooming the pupils.
Amuda said the condition of the pupils' hostel was bad as environment was bushy, and that there was no provision for pipe born water and no mattress to lay their heads after the school hours.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Seyi Makinde-led governments and those that are well to do in the society to come to their aids.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that two Nigerian teenage girls, Agboola Rofiat and Adekayode Deborah, broke long jump sport record for their age category in Canada.
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