Kano Govt To Offer Overseas Scholarships To Persons With Disabilities

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In a bid to promote equal access to education and empower Persons Living With Disabilities (PWDs), the Kano State Government has announced its initiative to offer overseas scholarships to qualified individuals within the state.

Kano Govt To Offer Overseas Scholarships To Persons With Disabilities
Governor Abba Yusuf

The scheme aims to provide opportunities for PWDs to pursue higher education abroad, enabling them to become productive citizens and lead fulfilling lives.

The announcement was made by Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa, the State Commissioner for Education, during a meeting with representatives from Mercy Corps and the Coalition of Disabled Self Advocacy Network Group. The visit by the non-governmental organizations sought to address the concerns and advocate for the rights of PWDs in the state.

Commissioner Doguwa emphasized the current administration’s commitment to fairness and inclusivity in education, aligning with international conventions on disability rights. He expressed the government’s intention to grant scholarships to individuals with First Class and Second Class Upper degrees, regardless of disabilities, as a means to encourage their participation in national development.

“We will surely offer scholarships to those with First Class and Second Class Upper degrees, including those with disabilities, to encourage them to become productive citizens and live meaningful lives,” the commissioner said.

Furthermore, Doguwa revealed that “the state government would explore the establishment of inclusive schools across different areas of Kano.”

This initiative aims to ensure that PWDs are fully integrated into the educational system, providing them with equal opportunities for growth and success. Additionally, existing public schools would be equipped with inclusive facilities to accommodate students with disabilities effectively.

In recognition of the challenges faced by PWDs, the Kano State Government recently distributed 150 registration forms for the National Examinations Council (NECO) to individuals with disabilities. Commissioner Doguwa urged the beneficiaries to maximize this opportunity and strive for a better quality of life.

The Commissioner also reaffirmed the state government’s commitment to collaborating with non-governmental organizations to enhance the welfare of the people. He called upon development partners to align with the government’s policies and programs to ensure sustainable and inclusive results.

With the Kano State Government’s progressive initiative to provide overseas scholarships and improve educational facilities for PWDs, it is expected that these actions will pave the way for a more inclusive society where every individual has an equal chance to succeed.

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