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(GIS) – Prime Minister Hon Allen M Chastanet hosted the annual Christmas party for children with special needs last weekend, at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Vigie.
Children with special needs from districts throughout the island were the guests of honour at the festive event, which encompassed a range of celebratory activities including a visit from Santa Claus.
The prime minister said the event is inspiring.
“This is always an event that I look forward to, and the biggest reason is because it is so humbling,” he said. “When you hug, or kiss, or high five the kids, or just say hello, the big smiles that come upon their faces reminds me of the most important things in life. It is great to come and meet kids and people who are just so grateful. I really must commend the former prime ministers who started this program. It is something that I am proud of and cherish.”
The prime minister added that presently there is a lot of work being done to further aid and support those with special needs.
“People with special needs want to be independent. They do not want to feel like a burden. It is gratifying to them when they can achieve things on their own. So the program that we have trains teachers to help children with special needs, and looks at the facilities and schools around the country to allow people to help themselves. So wheelchair access and considerations for deaf and blind people must all be taken into consideration in the future when building our facilities.”
The Christmas party for children with special needs was held on Dec. 1.