Children born deafblind in the developing world are completely isolated, ignored and even locked away. Their parents do not understand what is wrong and are overwhelmed with the stress of looking after them. Sense International provides specialist training and support to build the bridge between these children and the rest of the world. This project aims to increase access to education by setting up two new school units for deafblind children. We will also provide training for specialist teachers so that they can begin to provide services which meet the needs of this unique disability.
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1.To work with ten school units and establish two new school units for deafblind children Sense International (East Africa) will work with ten school units to develop and implement programmes for deafblind people to provide education and vocational services for at least 70 deafblind children. Through this project we will establish two new units for deafblind children at Lulindi School for the Deaf in Masasi and Ruiko School for the Deaf in Songea. 2. A national special needs teachers training and exchange programme Tanzania Society for the Blind will train 31 teachers in 19 regions to enable identification of deafblind children. We will also train seven relevant officials from the inspectorate for effective monitoring and inspection of teachers in units for deafblind children. We will develop plans for the introduction of deafblindness in the curriculum of the teacher training course at Patandi Teachers College for Special Needs Education teachers. Using specialist trainers we will conduct a five-day training course for 70 teachers of deafblind units including training in tactile sign language and other means of communication. We will provide teaching and learning aids to the units and assistive devices where appropriate. Two teachers from each school will also have exchange visits within Tanzania for five days per visit, working with their peers and exchanging techniques and experiences. We will invite one inspector of special needs education from each region where there is a school to join the training of teachers conducted by the expert facilitators. The emphasis for this agreement will be on effective monitoring of the units for deafblind children to ensure high quality training. We will also facilitate the participation of relevant specialists such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, ophthalmologists, doctors in the development and monitoring of these plans. These specialists will be invited to visit the units at least once a year. 3. 20 deafblind young adults engaged in vocational activities We will identify young adults with the potential to engage in vocational activities and establish a Vocational Training unit at Bugurini. We will seek trainers with experience in vocational training, and organise for one trainer to work with each teacher for at least one day per week. We will liaise with other institutions for the supply of equipment. 4. Increased awareness of deafblindness and disability through a national campaign Linking with the Information Centre for Disability, we will use radio, TV, brochures and publications to raise awareness about deafblindness amongst the partners and local community highlighting the achievements made by some of the children in Uhurua and Mugeza deafblind units. We will network with other organisations to advocate for education for deafblind children in policies. Project outcomes ‚Ä¢Two new deafblind units established; ‚Ä¢70 special needs teachers trained including 44 new teachers; ‚Ä¢Seven officials from the inspectorate trained for effective monitoring and inspection; ‚Ä¢Curriculum on deafblindness included in Special Needs Teachers training course; ‚Ä¢31 teachers from state schools trained to identify deafblind children; ‚Ä¢Ten regional annual exchange visits i.e. one teacher per unit; ‚Ä¢Two teachers from each school participates on a national exchange programme each year; ‚Ä¢A new vocational training unit established; ‚Ä¢500 brochures produced per year, two six-monthly radio/TV broadcasts; Project cost - The total cost of this initiative is ¬£19,106.
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