Over 80 special needs children from across St. Vincent and the Grenadines have participated in the second edition of the Special Needs Carnival.
The event was held at the School for Children with Special Needs Play Ground in Kingstown last week.
Principal at the School for Children with Special Needs Kingstown, Nazeem Smith said the event serves as another creative way of enhancing learning among the students. Smith added that it is hoped that the teachers will now seriously consider incorporating more music in their teaching, as music helps to enhance the students’ skills to move to rhythms.
Smith said the event surpassed all expectations, adding that all the children had an unforgettable time. She said the event also exposed the creative side of both the teachers and the students at the school as all the facemasks that were worn by the students were created as part of an art and craft project at the school.
The principal said the idea of a special needs carnival was conceptualised to expose the children to that unique aspect of the Vincentian culture.
Smith said it has been found that many of the students who attend special needs schools across SVG do not get the opportunity to experience Mardi Gras in Kingstown.
Smith said the school’s carnival activity give the students a unique opportunity to interact with masqueraders and a number of SVG’s top artistes, including L Pank, Kev, Naptali and Digicel’s brand ambassador Mad Skull.
On display at the event were two different sections from the Digicel Nelson Bloc 2016 Mas production, along with mascots Peppa Pig and Sponge Bob.
Smith expressed much appreciation to Digicel for supporting the special needs carnival and urged the company to continue to support and encourage persons with disabilities to be bold, confident and to enjoy their environment, culture and life as all other citizens do.
Digicel’s Country Manager, John Gidharry commended the management of the School for Children with Special Needs for conceptualising an event that is fun and educational.
He encouraged the school’s management to continue doing its best to give the students the most rewarding experience possible, while they are in their care.
Students from the Sunshine School for Children with Special Needs in Bequia and the School for Children with Special Needs Georgetown also attended the carnival.