A joint initiative between the Ministry of Education and Mary Hill Primary School in the Corozal District saw a large crowd converge at the Central Park in Corozal town as they celebrated the culmination of Disability week 2013. The week’s activities were celebrated under the theme “Breaking Barriers; open doors for an inclusive society for all.” Victor Castillo brings you the following story from Corozal Town.


Screen_Shot_2013-12-05_at_8.14.57_PMVictor Castillo – Reporting


Over 15 different schools gathered today at the central park in Corozal Town to show respect and stand in solidarity in bringing awareness of the different challenges families face, with love ones who have special needs. According to Selene Raeburn, Education Officer in Corozal Town there is a number of children with various disabilities.


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“When we are talking about disability, what are we looking into students, children with what kind of disabilities?”

 

Selene Raeburn - Education Officer in Corozal Town


“Well, here in Corozal we have students with autism, students who are slow learners who have celebre palsy, students who suffer severe cases of epilepsy, Down syndrome and so forth.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“Do these children have any kind of medication that they are been given or?”


Selene Raeburn - Education Officer in Corozal Town


“Well, the different schools they only cater for the education and some of them probably are but I am not certain if they really are but I know that at the school they mostly cater for the educating of these students.”


Raeburn says the children had the time of their lives engaging in a full week of activities.


Selene Raeburn - Education Officer in Corozal Town


“This week we are actually promoting disability week, awareness week, whereby we have the different students participating in a parade today throughout from Monday into this week they have several other events of Sunday it was a mass and Monday they went on a trip and basically is just to let the society know that we have kids with disability, we have kids that deserve a chance to go to school and be included in the regular school setting so it is just education for all.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“How many children are with disability here in the Corozal?”


Selene Raeburn - Education Officer in Corozal Town


“Well, am not certain of the specific number but I know we have the special Ed centre located at Mary Hill and there are different students at different schools but there is one special Ed Centre at Mary Hill and then you have students with special need at San Narciso, Church of Christ basically all schools have a child with some disability.”


Disability week culminated today in Corozal Town with a parade through the main streets of Town. Tomorrow, the students will be travelling to Belize City fto partake in the Special Olympics and engage in the closing ceremonies.

 

Selene Raeburn - Education Officer in Corozal Town


“This is just the closing ceremony here in Corozal Town and tomorrow in Belize City there is the National Special Olympics School that will be held at the MCC grounds in Belize City but this is the closing ceremony for Corozal.”

 

Over twenty students will represent Corozal Town in the special Olympics in Belize City. The theme for this year’s disability week was, “Breaking Barriers; open doors for an inclusive society for all”!

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