Inclusive Education Project – commenced September 2016
In addition to the many vulnerable and orphan children that Nicky’s Foundation sponsors to go to school, we also support children with disabilities to go to school. The principle of inclusive education, whereby children with a disability are included in mainstream school wherever possible, is our primary aim and this school year will see the first government primary school in SW Cameroon becoming an inclusive school where children who are deaf or have an hearing impairment will be learning in the classroom alongside their peers. Nicky’s Foundation is collaborating with Baptist Health convention to jointly sponsor this pioneering project with Nicky and Thomson project managing.
Representives from Nicky's Foundation and Baptist Health Convention working with mainstream teachers, traditional leaders and parents of children with a hearing impairment as part of the introductory phase of the project.
The 8 children registered for academic 2016/17 with their parents on day 1 of term in September.
This pilot project will run for 5 years and has the following objectives:
To overcome potential barriers and respond to learner’s diverse learning needs by
- providing basic training skills for support staff to assist with children with a disability in the classroom,
- providing learners with disabilities with all classroom materials and access to a general curriculum taking into consideration each learner’s individual needs.
- To recruit trained sign language teachers to teach alongside the regular classroom teachers to ensure that children with a hearing impairment are at the same level of understanding as their peers without such impairments.
- As the project develops, all regular teachers and parents of children living with a disability will be offered refresher courses on sign language to contribute to building inclusive societies.
- To provide annual refresher training with stakeholders for the next five years
- To provide an environment where positive attitudes will prevail.
Promoting Nicky’s Foundation in the Rural Communities
Many people in the rural communities in southwest Cameroon rarely leave the village in which they live and therefore will not be aware of the range of services that are available to assist them should they need help. This means that those who fall into the category of socially vulnerable persons may not be aware that assistance is available in times of need. In order to inform these people, 2015 has seen Nicky’s Foundation team up with the Ministry of Social Affairs (MINAS) in Meme, Manyu and Kupe Muanenguba divisions to deliver a series of educative talks to a variety of audiences. Some of the talks have been delivered ‘on the spot’ as the team have moved from village to village and some have been delivered after an initial contact visit has been made or via notification by a letter sent ahead of time. Also by working with existing networks such as schools, traditional councils and church groups the team has been able to inform teachers, students, community group leaders and members who have themselves reached their own communities and identified clients who can be assisted by Nicky’s Foundation. This promotional phase is still underway. Here are pictures of some of the events
Thomson, in his dual role of Regional Coordinator for Nicky’s Foundation and representative from the Regional Delegation of Social Affairs, Buea and Nicky giving an educative talk to villagers gathering for an occasion in Mfuni Village, Eyumojock Sub Division
Nicky giving a presentation at a Seminar led by the Divisional Delegate of Secondary Education for all Principals in Manyu Division
The Chief of Kake Village introducing Nicky’s Foundation to ALPHA, (Association of Persons Living with Disabilities), before Nicky and Thomson delivered a session on how to set up a Micro Project