Sense International holds training workshops for teachers in Peru and Ecuador
29 November 2019
Sense International is continuing to strengthen the education system for children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities in Peru and Ecuador. The charity recently held training workshops for teachers who work with children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities within special schools to ensure they have access to quality education.
In Peru, 45 teachers and special education professionals from Huancavelica, on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, attended the training workshops. They represent 14 special schools and an early intervention programme, serving 116 children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities in the provinces of Angaraes, Huancavelica and Tayacaja.
Children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities in the region experience poverty, poor access to public services and a lack of specialised education. Challenges for teachers include effective evaluation in order to create appropriate individual education plans, and multi-grade classrooms, in which children of different ages and abilities are taught together in one class. This is especially common in rural schools, making it difficult for teachers to meet the learning needs of all students in the classroom.
Alongside the workshops, Sense International monitored how the knowledge gained through the training was being applied in schools. Following the training course, a specialist in deafblindness and multiple disabilities visited four special education centres to observe teaching and found that education professionals had improved curriculum planning, materials, teaching resources and family strategies.
Juana, a teacher who attended the workshops, said: “It is very difficult to work with so little support from the state and with multi-grade classrooms. We have many difficulties and we do not have a plan as a school. We did not know so many instruments existed to carry out an adequate evaluation and better plan our intervention with the students.”
Another attendee, Alicia, said: “In Huancavelica, we do not have many teachers training in specialised topics such as deafblindness and multi-disability. Thank you. Our children will benefit.”
Sense International has 10 years’ experience of providing quality education to students with deafblindness and multiple disabilities in special schools in Peru, gathering evidence of the difference that good training can make to teachers and educational professionals. Working with partners internationally, such as in Ecuador, Sense International can share these learnings to address similar needs and knowledge gaps experienced in different countries within the region.
In Ecuador, 60 teachers attended workshops in Quito led by two specialist trainers. The sessions covered topics including the theoretical-conceptual framework of deafblindness, transition from childhood to adulthood, communication systems, skills development, and good practice in classrooms.
The workshops in Peru and Ecuador were held as part of Sense International Peru’s Inclusive Education and Political Advocacy Program, funded by the Latin American Children’s Trust (LACT). The workshops were run in alliance with the National Council for Disability Equality (CONADIS) and the Zonal Directorate of Specialised and Inclusive Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture. Sense International’s work with LACT includes training for education professionals in Ecuador this year, and Bolivia in 2020.
First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019