Our Centre held her first special needs Art Workshop for children living with autism and other related developmental disorders, in order to mark the world Autism Awareness day which comes up as an annual event every 2nd of April. This year’s event was celebrated in a grand style at our Centre.
The program started around 11am with an opening prayer, followed by the National anthem led by one of the adult at the Centre. The Art workshop was hosted by the Director, Mrs Dotun Akande, and anchored by Miss Itunuoluwa who introduced the invited guests, and all schools present were duly recognized. This was followed by a welcome address by the school Administrator, Mrs Essien Nsikan. Miss Itunu also gave a brief introduction of autism, as well as telling us the reason for the gathering.
The Guest of Honor was Mr Sam Ebohon, the President, Guild of Professional Fine Artists of Nigeria also gave a short address on art, and its importance. He also promised to keep giving the necessary support needed in the field of art. There were 36 competing students, though there was no winner in the competition, as every participant was celebrated. It was distinctively obvious that the children explored their world of painting in a unique and beautiful way. Moreso, young people had opportunity to design and create several piece of art. Food and drinks were served to all our invited guests.
It was a fun-filled, exploratory and interesting event for everybody present, especially for individuals who were directly involved in the competition because it gave them the opportunity to exhibit their innate talents.
In attendance were: The learning place, Down Syndrome Foundation, Pison Centre, and Olisa inclusive unit. Finally, Mr Bidemi Yinusa, Head of School gave the closing prayer.