Chaguanas Mayor Gopaul Boodhan has revealed his plans to establish a school for differently abled children in the borough.
Speaking at a function for Autism Awareness at the Chaguanas Borough Corporation on Tuesday, Boodhan said he understood the plight that parents faced because of limited funding and access to available and specialized schools.
And he called on the Government to do more for special needs children and their families.
“Every child, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or disability, deserves the right to an education,” he said.
Boodhan said he was meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries and the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, to acquire property to construct the facility.
He said, “The Chaguanas Borough Corporation will partner and enlist the help of the business community and volunteers, to ensure that the school is built. My promise to all of you here this evening, is that I will continue to work diligently and relentlessly on this project to ensure that it becomes a reality in the shortest possible time.”
The children were treated with snacks, and participated in several activities, inclusive of art therapy.
Also present at the function, were Dr Safeeya Mohammed, who spoke to the parents on the A-Z of Autism, as well as Vishnu Charran, president of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce.