PAKWACH. Two female pupils from Owiny Primary school in Pakwach district have been identified by Education Africa Foundation to study in a specialised school for the children with hearing impairment.
Susan Awekonimungu and Joan Pimerpamungu, both primary four pupils from Owiny had been taught in an inclusive class and both are orphans.
Mr Nestore Owiny Jalobo, the chairperson Lions Club Pakwach said the disadvantaged children lacked a school equipped with maximum facilities to enable them learn and compete favourably with the rest of the pupils.
Lions Club and Jonam Development Foundation partnered with Education Africa Foundation to launch the scheme for the duo to study in Ntinda School of the deaf in Kampala for free.
Owiny said they intend to empower teachers from elementary levels to teach them with necessary sign language to tackle the challenges from various rural schools in the district.
"We are prioritizing education for the most capable children with impairments, many cannot go to school without good specialized facilities, we want that addressed", he said.
As part of the plan, they also intend to build special latrines in schools and provide brails and setting special examinations for the pupils so that they have promising results and advocate for their absorption into job sectors without any form of discrimination.
Education Africa Foundation chairperson Mr Wathum Ocama last year distributed text books with a plan to establish a regional library in Pakwach district supporting impaired pupils.
Ms Pamela Akumu, a mother of one of the beneficiaries expressed gratitude for the gesture.
"We can't imagine that God has answered our prayer, I want my daughter to be a testimony to the community that disability isn't inability", the joyful Akumu said.
As part of the contribution the parents are required to only provide some money for upkeep with the foundations sorting all other logistical needs.
Mr Paul Opige, the Pakwach district education officer commended the efforts of the foundation and appealed for comprehensive lobbying for the decentralisation of the facility for the impaired children.
"We have many of such pupils in the two schools of the district and I'm totally happy for the supports and I pray that should continuously keep coming year in and Out", Opige said.