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Foundation, NB, Learning Place upscale autism project in Lagos

By Eno Bassey
02 June 2016   |   1:50 am
The Heineken Africa Foundation (HAF), Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB Plc) and The Learning Place Centre (TLPCentre) have collaborated to upscale the autism project in Nigeria.
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The Heineken Africa Foundation (HAF), Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB Plc) and The Learning Place Centre (TLPCentre) have collaborated to upscale the autism project in Nigeria. The partnership, funded by the Heineken Africa Foundation and executed by Heineken operating company in Nigeria, NB Plc, in collaboration with The Learning Place Centre covers the training of medical professionals in the US on diagnosing autism, renovation and kitting of the classrooms as well as the upgrade of the Occupational therapy centres in Lekki and Maryland.

Speaking on Tuesday at the commissioning of the Maryland Centre located at the Maryland Primary School, the Corporate Affairs Adviser, NB Plc, Mr. Kufre Ekanem said the commissioning is another demonstration of the commitment of the Heineken Africa Foundation and Nigerian Breweries Plc to the wellbeing of the people in the communities where they operate.

“Although statistics show that there is an increase in the awareness of autism among the well-educated and privileged members of society, the greater population is still very unaware of the condition. Also, medical information and intervention are greatly lacking on a national scale. We hope that this project would help to address the challenges that autism presents to our society today”.

Earlier, the Director, Child Guidance, School Counseling and Special Education, Mrs Oluwatoyin Olayinka, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, said the centre will open a new world for children with cognitive and physical impairment by improving their education.