Education for Children with Mild to Severe Disabilities

Cambodia: Kampot, Kampong  Speu, Kandal, Kratie, Pailin, Phnom Penh,  Pursat, Siem Reap Provinces

 

Context

  • Breakdown of many social services and destruction of national infrastructure, lack of basic health and food security, and absolute poverty of many citizens have left the country with a large number of vulnerable groups.

  • Less than 10% of children with disabilities have access to any form of education (UNESCAP, 2002).

  • Main barriers to equal access to education for children with disabilities including lack of support to go to school by parents and community as no value seen in educating children with disabilities; discrimination from teachers/principals/other children; unprepared and unsupported teachers to adapt lessons and provide a quality education; inaccessibility of school facilities; unadapted teaching methods/ communication techniques to deaf or blind children especially; high levels of poverty; distance from home to school; lack of accessible transports.

 

AEAI’s Response

Rectangle strategies: Improved ACCESS; Promoted QUALITY, Strengthen SYSTEM and INFLUENCE for policy and behavior change.

 

Global Objective

Children with disabilities and other vulnerable children have the same right to education, health services and social integration with their non-disabled peers in regular school with the necessary modifications to enhance them to become successful and productive members of society.

 

Main Activities

  • Provide access to relevant, quality mainstreaming education for 2300 children with disabilities.

  • Provide home-based rehabilitation: stimulating activities, referrals, basic skills training to family members on cares.

  • Reduce discrimination and improve the social inclusion through the local community and 350 teacher capacity building, awareness raising, effective implementation of laws and policies.

  • Increase the income of families of the most vulnerable disabled children through income generation activities (animal raising, vegetables growing and other small businesses).

  • Effective implementation of laws, policies and changing people’s behaviour.

  • Teach students with and without disabilities to learn to get along with each other.

 

Partners

Rabbit School Organization, Komar Pikar Foundation, Disability Development Services Program, Epic Arts; Ministry of Education Youth and Sport; Ministry of Social Affair.

 

Contact

Samphors Vorn, Country Program Director
samphors.vorn@aide-et-action.org

Location /
Duration / 2012-2019

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