RELEVANCE OF THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTIONS IN DISABILITY DISCOURSE AND ADVOCACY IN NIGERIA

Helen Ishola – Esan

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The concern of this paper hinges on the fact that over the years, there have been the sensitizations of theological institutions in Africa towards disability discourse. It was observed that theological education hardly engage in disability discourse. Hence, the Ecumenical Disability Advocates Network (EDAN), a Project of the World Council of Churches (WCC) has attempted to integrate disability studies in the curriculum of theological institutions as a starting point in equipping students towards meeting the spiritual needs of people with special needs. Therefore, this paper takes a cursory look at perceptions and attitude of people towards people with disabilities in the Nigerian society. It explores the nature and purpose of theological education, and highlights the journey of EDAN on the integration of disability studies in theological institutions. Finally, it itemizes ways by which theological institutions could engage in disability discourse and advocacy.

 

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advocacy, disability discourse, EDAN, people with special needs, theological education

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