Working with children with special needs
In many African societies, children with special needs are kept at home. Many believe it is a curse from God so parents often hide them. This denies many talented children the rights and opportunities they might otherwise access through education. IIRR partners with local schools to provide support to children with special needs – hearing impaired, visual impaired or other physical special needs.
In 2015 IIRR supported three schools in Kenya with: 40 teachers’ guides for the 5 examinable subjects for each class (1-8), 14 Braille machines for pupils, 19 foldable walking canes, Braille sentence builders, communication boards, speech kits, wooden abacus, counter, pegboard, 5 wheel chairs and hearing kits. This has greatly motivated teachers and special needs children to perform better. Two classrooms are also rehabilitated with ramps for the visually impaired. In Uganda, 12 girls received eye glasses, 4 with lumber corset, 2 boys with wheel chairs, 1 girl with clutches and 2 girls underwent eye surgery to restore their eye sight. Watch video
Here is what the Logologo teacher for visually impaired learners had to say:
Only IIRR has supported us so generously. “As a visually impaired teacher, I can now comfortably teach both sighted and visually impaired learners using the Braille materials given which I have never had before. I appreciate UKAID donors, for this kind gesture,” says Mr John Osman. Read the Loglogo story
Education highlights in 2015
- Re-enrolled 3,930 kids in formal primary school and shepherd classes through the Education is Cool campaign
- Installed solar lights in 250 schools in Kenya and Ethiopia, vastly improving student performance, especially for girls.
- Built water storage tanks in 38 schools to improve the hygiene of thousands of children and save time and energy for girls who usually travel long distances to fetch water.
- Installed climate-smart energy saving stoves in 34 schools to save children the time –consuming chore of collecting firewood.
- Increased enrollment due to 20 climate-smart classrooms, new toilets and two new dormitories accommodating 180 students. Girls now feel safer because of these new facilities and their performance has improved.
- Boosted the confidence and leadership skills of 1,395 girls who participated in summer camps.
- Reduced dropout risk of 785 girls who received goats to help pay for their own school expenses.
- Trained 296 primary school teachers from the Philippines, South Sudan and Cambodia on school nutrition gardens (BIG). These teachers have in turn trained thousands of students, established their own gardens, and influenced communities around them to establish gardens as well.