Project updates: Kenya, Tanzania & Uganda

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Teaching children who are unable to get to 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 deafblind children (and potentially children with other disabilities) do not miss out on their education. Deaflbind children receive primary education in their home, including holistic rehabilitation and therapy.  

We will pilot this new approach with 900 deafblind children 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, as well as 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 deafblind children receive a state education.

Kenya

The CBE model is first being piloted on a small scale in Kenya, with 27 deafblind children 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.

Uganda

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 deafblind 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 deafblind children 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: Tuesday 22 December 2015