By: Mary Grace L. Ocasion, Ed. D.
Often neglected, looked down and disregarded, children with learning disabilities prefer to just refuse to develop their abilities outside their world. Aside from the negative feedback from the society, most families who have members with special needs are financially unstable; hence they are deprived of the basic right to an equal opportunity of receiving education, for others, people with learning disabilities are just burdens and require extra time with great responsibilities to their families.
To educate differently abled students, is really a very difficult task, it requires in depth specialization in this field and trained personnel specifically deal with students who require special needs , disabilities may be mental, physical, emotional and developmental. And lastly, genuine love, care, patience and truck loads of patience.
Considered to be one of the firsts in the history of TESDA-CVS, was the special training and practices in Prepare Cold Meals designed for the students of Concepcion Special Education Center that were trained in CVS thru the Community-Based Training Program-they are handicapped or gifted, with mental, physical or emotional disabilities.
The training humanely challenged not only the trainer but TESDA-CVS itself, hence special teaching approaches, equipment and care within or outside a regular classroom was on top of the considerations. The 6-day training started in January 9 and ended on January 14, 2019 promoted sense of inclusion to children with disability alongside their nondisabled parents, guardians and teachers, in spite of their guidance and presence, many obstacles remain, including delays in grasping actual skills, sudden mental and emotional disturbances and tantrums that complicated the training, still these people who genuinely care for these children with special needs overcame all of the struggles.
Such kind of special education should give priority, to the enjoyment of education by special children. No matter how challenging it is, or how impossible it will be, in the end, like other children, special children, too have the right to receive proper education that helps them to grow and enjoy without fearing it and discover what they can do with the skills they can have.
From the time these children along with their parents and guardians were introduced by District Supervisor Cecille Gomez (Concepcion West), to the administrator of Concepcion Vocational School, Dr. Alvin L. Yturralde, with teary-eyed and an overwhelmed heart, they were open-handedly welcomed by the entire CVS personnel. Touched with these children’s smiles, hi’s, hello’s and giggles, everything were settled with a heart full of joys and anticipation of turning disabilities to abilities.
Thinking it will be over after assessment on January 12-14, 2019, it was not, the ties was made even tighter and stronger during the distribution of training certificates, witnessed by the different School heads and principals from the 3rd District of the Department of Education headed by Tarlac Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Melissa Sanchez, our hearts were filled with overflowing gratitude and sense of fulfillment as these children come up on stage jumping, leaping and some were even assisted due to difficulty in walking and receive their training certificates. While they approach the stage, the feeling of being a medium of good deeds made us even prouder as public servants, as instrument of God’s works of mercy and compassion, nothing could make us feel more fulfilled and accomplished than this.
Indeed, CVS is fulfilling it’s mandate thru TESDA’s mantra, “Sa TESDA, Abot Lahat”.