The General Overseer of a faith based organization, Omega Power Ministry (OPM), Apostle Chibuzor Gift Chinyere has announced a plan to establish free school for autism and down’s syndrome children from poor families who cannot afford the money to send them to school.
Apostle Chinyere who has been dubbed as an icon of free education in Nigeria due to his track record with his ministry currently operating 15 free schools, made this call while presenting admission letters to 78 beneficiaries of his free study abroad scheme.
He called for qualified teachers that specialized in handling special pupils to apply as the church has finalized all arrangements to commence the schools and recruit teachers.
“Children with Autism and Down’s syndrome have to attend a special school. They learn at their own pace, which is usually slower than regular kids. There are designated schools around the country that they can attend. Unfortunately, those schools are expensive. This is because while you have one teacher in a regular school, the special school requires about three to four teachers in a class”.
“I noticed only the rich parents of these special kids could afford to send their wards to school, hence we came up with a plan to establish a free school purposely for the less privileged that have children suffering from these ailments. The school will commence as soon as we employ enough teachers and specialized support staffs”, said the man of God who has passion for the poor and the less privileged.
The first category of children are the one with a serious developmental disorder that impairs their ability to communicate and interact with people (Autism), while the second class are the children born with an extra copy of their 21st chromosome that causes their physical and mental developmental delays and disabilities (Down’s Syndrome).