BY EMMANUEL ELEBEKE

For children with DownSyndrome and learning disability, Easter holiday, a season to commemorate the death and resurrection of Christ, weekend, became a season of relaxation from the months – long intensive study, training and opportunity to showcase their musical,dancing and intellectual ability.

The Easter party celebration which marks the end of the term,and organised by the DownSyndrome Foundation of Nigeria was indeed a moment of fun and glittering spectacles at the watchful look of guests and relatives, as the children thrilled the audience with different musical and dancing displays to mark the day.

Addressing the over whelming crowd, the National President of DownSyndrome Foundation of Nigeria, Mrs.Rose Mordi said the Easter party celebration was an annual event designed to integrate the children into the larger society.

Soliciting for more support for children, Mordi called for increased awareness and proper information dissemination, especially among parents and guardians, to put a stop to the abusive treatment being meted on them by the society.

“In consonance with our underlying philosophy of people with Down Syndrome to unleash their potentials, we are committed to giving them equitable opportunities to receive effective educational services with the needed supplementary aids and support services” she added.

Collaborating her views, the Foundation Administrator, Mrs. Ike Peters, described the event as support system that seeks to integrate the children into the mainstream of the society, saying that the Foundation is committed in ensuring that the children enjoy their rights as legitimate part of the society, through a three segmented programmes of early medical intervention, early social integration and early educational training. This according to her, will make them fit into the society without necessarily becoming a burden to their families.

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