Callen Services Inclusive Learning Resource Centre located at Gerehu Stage 6 in Port Moresby has just recently received much needed renovation works to its facilities.
About 70 students attending the learning centre will benefit from the recent renovations that it has received through the BSP Financial Group’s community project initiative.
Parents who were gathered at the handover of the refurbished learning centre expressed gratitude to BSP Financial Group for coming on board to assist with the renovation work.
“When students attend the centre, it’s the teachers that work hard to assist the children with special needs.”
“My son was born with poor vision but he is very talented, he made it to university but he struggled because there were no trained teachers to help students with special needs,” said a parents rep, Ms Donna Ogia.
“My grandson, who was also born with poor vision now attends Callan Services where he is doing Grade 3.”
“We tried to put him into a normal school but he couldn’t cope as there were no specially trained teachers who could help him with his school work.”
Ms Ogia further challenged the Education Department to look into this and have teachers trained on teaching children with special needs in normal schools.
She said that parents with special needs children struggle to ensure that their children receive the best education and try their best to make sure their children fit into every day society.
Ms Ogia thanked Bank South Pacific in giving the school a much-needed facelift to make the classrooms into more conducive learning spaces for the children.
The renovations at the school have been done by Bank South Pacific as part of their community development project.
BSP CEO, Mr Robin Fleming said that they were happy to assist with the renovation for this learning centre and praised the staff for the great work they were doing for the children with special needs.
Mr Fleming thanked the Marketing staff of BSP for their great work on the renovations.
The renovation work included replacing rotten timbers and gutters, tiling of floors, replacing fly wires and gravelling.
Mr Fleming said the project cost around K30,000 and is to ensure that children with special needs gain quality and inclusive education.
During the handover of the facilities, reading books were also donated to the school to assist in the students’ learning.