Lack of wheelchairs remains one of the major contributing factors to mobility challenges, a special needs teacher has said.
Lawrence Khuyemo was speaking on Friday when Airtel Malawi visited Dawn Centre for Children with Special Needs in Lunzu, Blantyre and made a donation of various items.
“Mobility forms a critical component of education for children with special needs. The condition of the majority of children requires them to have wheelchairs ,” he said.
Khuyemo noted that currently, the centre has few children with wheelchairs that support their mobility or seating positions.
“There are children who even rely on wheelchairs to take good postures as their condition compel them to be in sleeping positions. But because they have broken wheelchairs or none to support them, they have difficulties in accessing education,” he said.
Khuyemo ‘ s sentiments were echoed by some parents of children with disability.
One of them, Emily Chisale, said many parents cannot afford wheelchairs for their children. She said this forces them to carry their children on the back.
Both the parents and the teacher sounded an SOS to well-wishers including the corporate world to support education of children with special needs by bailing them out of mobility challenges.
Apart from basic education, children from the centre for Children with Special Needs undergo physiotherapy exercise. n