By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU-IN it’s commitment to endear better life for people with special needs, the management of Bina Foundation, a Non-governmental organization based in Enugu said it is not relenting its policy of offering free education and skill acquisition for people with special needs, especially the blind. In addition, it has opened a football academy that will also avail people with special needs and the blind get involved in sporting activities while undergoing free skill acquisition training in the organization.
Founder/President of the organization, Lady Ifeoma Atuegwu in an orientation programme for the 2019 intakes of the organization said that the organization has continued with its free skill acquisition programmes in the fields of Basic computer literacy training for the blind, braille reading and writing for the blind.
Other skills training of the organisation include Tailoring and Fashion design, Shoe making, Cosmetics and paint making, Hairdressing and barbing salon, teaching of sign language, Musical band training, among other skills.
Atuegwu stated that the goal of the organisation was to make the beneficiaries self employed when they graduate.
“The Foundation has consolidated its care and commitment in ensuring that people with special needs/disability enjoy reliefs and other comforts by the rest of the society by establishing ‘Bina Foundation blind football team for both the male and female,” she stated.
Atuegwu urged the new intakes who feel they have the talents to also seize the opportunity of their free training on skill acquisition to fit in, stating that crops of talents already discovered and trained by the organization formed the bulk of the Nigerian blind female football team known as ‘Star Eagles of Nigeria’ that will participate in IBSA women’s blind football tournament, holding at Japan, before the end of February.
She disclosed the core curriculum for this year to include basic computer literacy for the blind,Braille reading and writing, Independent living skills, catering and fast food, beads and wire works, shoe and bag making, Cosmetics and paint making. Other courses are Hair dressing, Beauty and barbing salon,Tailoring/fashion designing, GSM/Phone repairs, TV and Radio repair, Sign language class for the deaf and mute, and Musical band training.
Atuegwu said “The foundation established a well equipped Disability Sports and blind football training academy which has continued to train people with physical and virtual impairment in disability sport, including blind football.
“Currently, more than 150 blind and visually impaired young men and women have continued to receive training in our academy which is the only one in the country.”
New President of Para-athletics federation of Nigeria, Hon Amobi Chikwendu, who also is the chairman of Bina Foundation Para athletic sports, stressed that the concept of establishing Bina Foundation by Lady Atuegwu supported by her husband, Pharmacist Chris Atuegwu; was to help people with special needs who most often were not provided for by the larger society, to acquire skills through which they can become self-employed and get reintegrated in the society.
He said the Foundation has sustained the humanitarian service in the past decade and introduced the para athletic sports as another initiative in the same direction.
Chikwendu said he was very happy that Bina Foundation para athletic sports has paved way for Nigeria ’s first national team for the blind for both male and female, who are billed to feature in Ivory Coast and Japan, respectively.