Ms. Dhana Lazarus, Grenadian and recent Masters graduate from University College London’s Institute of Education presented a number of Education stakeholders with copies of the recently published book “Action Research for Inclusive Education: Participation and Democracy in Teaching and Learning”.
Among the recipients were the Ministry of Education, represented by Permanent Secretary, Mr. Kevin Andall and Acting Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Angela Finlay; Special Education Department represented by Mrs. Jennelyn St. John – John; Resource Centre for the Blind represented by Principal, Mr. Ellis Ogilvie; School for the Deaf represented by Principal, Mrs. Michelle Brathwaite and St. George’s University represented by Ms. Laura Colket, Masters of Education Programme Director.
The book is compilation of perspectives and experiences of researcher teachers all over the world who work in the field of inclusive education. All of the content deals with students and teachers in the context of special education and explores a range of original and innovative approaches, as well as the possibilities for increasing student participation and developing inclusive practices in education.
Ms. Lazarus’ contribution to the text, “Voices of the unheard: Dialogues with mainstream primary school teachers of students with visual Impairments in Grenada”, came about directly as a result of her Masters dissertation research, which was intentionally chosen to build on previous research and actions for the same purpose of positively affecting change in the area of inclusive education in Grenada.
She credits Felicity Armstrong, Professor of Education at the Institute of Education, UCL, UK and editor of the publication, for the opportunity extended to share and collaborate with other educators. This, she says, is movement towards implementing solutions with maximum long term benefit for all.
Ms. Lazarus has also previously created a psycho-educational guide for teachers who work with low vision students and successfully conducted workshops for both mainstream and special eductaion teachers using this guide on the topic of the inclusion of students with Special Education Needs (SEN).
Ms Lazarus says, “I hold firm that the development or the success of a country lies in the education of its people. Training and education are, in my opinion, imperative – not only for teachers and parents, but, entire communities, extending to legislation and policy makers, because the fight is not only for inclusive schools, but inclusive societies. I am dedicated to doing my part to effect this change and today’s presentation is a small step in that direction.”
Mrs. Angela Finlay extended congratulations on behalf of the Ministry of Education, noting that the contribution to the text immediately positioned Grenada as a participant in a global conversation on inclusive education.
Also addressing the audience was, Former Prinicipal of the Resource Centre for the Blind, Ms. Vernice Morain who contended, “Ms. Lazarus is one of the fittest persons to guide the exchange and actions around inclusive education as she has lived it”. Ms Morain also indicated high expectations of the usefulness of the text to educators and students across the spectrum.