Wednesday 11 December, 2019

We must make sports accessible to deaf students – Grange

Sports Minister Olivia Grange (3rd left) in conversation with CEO of CVSS, Winsome Wilkins and Saffrey Brown at the launch of the CVSS 2017 Summer Games at the National Volunteer Centre in Kingston. Also taking part in the discussion are His Excellency Josep Bosh Bessa, Ambassador of Spain (2nd right) and General Manager of SDF, Denzil Wilks (right)

Sports Minister Olivia Grange (3rd left) in conversation with CEO of CVSS, Winsome Wilkins and Saffrey Brown at the launch of the CVSS 2017 Summer Games at the National Volunteer Centre in Kingston. Also taking part in the discussion are His Excellency Josep Bosh Bessa, Ambassador of Spain (2nd right) and General Manager of SDF, Denzil Wilks (right)

Sports Minister Olivia Grange, says that the absence of physical education instructors in schools for the deaf is an “obvious anomaly” which her Ministry plans to work in tandem with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to correct.

Grange was speaking at Thursday's Media Launch for the Council of Voluntary Social Services (CVSS) 2017 Summer Games at the National Volunteer Centre in Kingston.

Grange said: “None of our schools for the deaf in Jamaica has physical education instructors. This is a situation that we should not allow to persist any longer. So my Ministry will move to remedy what is clearly a case of disservice to a set of our young people with athletic ability but who do not get the kind of instruction that could help them to realise their potential.”

According to Grange, the CVSS Summer Games is among the most important programmes implemented by the CVSS, particularly because they involve members of the disabled community who are often overlooked when it comes to sport.

The CVSS Summer Games will include participants from inner city communities, whose involvement according to Grange will “encourage them to be disciplined, appreciate friendly competition and to respect fairplay and sportsmanship.

The CVSS Summer Games is set to take place on July 1 at the UWI Mona Bowl.

 

 

 

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