Project updates: Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda

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Teaching children who are unable to attend school

Our community-based education project in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda has been funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission.

Community-based Education (CBE) is an innovative approach developed by Sense International to ensure that children with deafblindness - and potentially children with other disabilities - do not miss out on education. Children with deaflbindness receive primary education in their home, including holistic rehabilitation and therapy.

We will pilot this new approach with 900 children with deafblindness in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda with a specially developed CBE curriculum. We will be transforming nine special educational needs schools into Regional Deafblind Resource Centres (hubs) from which teachers specialising in deafblindness can visit children at home. Where appropriate, hearing aids, wheelchairs, walking sticks and other sitting and standing aids and glasses may be provided, in addition with educational materials.

The specialist teachers will also be offering training to 900 mainstream teachers so that they can provide holistic education and therapy for their pupils. We are also working with governments to enable them to take on the full responsibility for delivering CBE and ensuring that all children with deafblindness receive a state education.


The CBE model is first being piloted on a small scale in Kenya, with 27 children with deafblindness involved in a six-month pilot project. A CBE curriculum and manuals for teachers and parents are being developed, and systems established to enable CBE to be rolled out on a wider scale.


With funding from Porticus, we are working with Mango Tree (a specialist in materials development based in Kampala) to develop and test materials that parents can use to help them communicate with their child and follow the CBE curriculum. 

Once tested, these materials could potentially be rolled out across the entire CBE programme in East Africa. During the pilot, the materials will enable 126 children with deafblindness in Uganda to improve their level of independence and social inclusion by receiving education and therapy at home. Sense International will partner with three special schools in Uganda (St Marks VII school - Bwanda, Uganda School for the Deaf – Ntinda, and Buckley High School Iganga) to pilot the materials.

First published: Monday 2 June 2014
Last updated: Wednesday 11 October 2017