Providing Quality Education to Children with Disabilities
AAR Japan has been assisting in the reconstruction of more than 10 institutions, including facilities for persons with disabilities, schools for children with disabilities, and orphanages. Since January 2012, AAR Japan has been working to rebuild École Jerry Mousse, a school for children with psychological and intellectual disabilities, providing tables, chairs, a generator and other necessary equipment. The surviving facilities have also been used to conduct skills training for teachers, aiming to enhance their ability to create a supportive and enlightening educational experience that will bring out the most in their students.
|March 10th, 2012 – “Let’s draw a circle. What color can we get by mixing red and blue?” In a practical skills session, participants experiment with methods of teaching art and conveying color concepts.|
Child Psychology, Care Techniques and Other Keys to Special Needs Education
For instructors, we invited an experienced special needs teacher and a specialist in educational psychology, developing a curriculum that included, among other content, teaching techniques for children with disabilities, developmental and learning psychology, and the development of effective support materials. Classes on techniques for cultivating children’s self-esteem, theoretical psychology such as transactional analysis, and effective methods of assistance for children with disabilities were especially well received by the participants, particularly since a great majority had never previously had a chance to study these subjects. The training also included sessions on arts and physical education, where participants were able to experience techniques for conducting classes that enable children to learn through being stimulated by their creativity and senses by looking, touching and moving their bodies.
On March 13th of this year, a law to promote the integration of persons with disabilities into society was approved by the Haitian Senate. There is still a long way to go before it is fully implemented, and there is still need for support from civil organizations such as AAR Japan. AAR Japan is committed to continuing its ongoing support for persons with disabilities in Haiti.
|April 5th, 2012 – Mr. Mondesir and his creation. “Since it’s made of pieces of torn paper, even blind children can enjoy this piece by touching it with their hands.”|
|May 5th, 2012 – At the graduation ceremony, participants showed their gratitude by singing and dancing, as well as performing plays appealing for the right to education for children with disabilities.|
Ms. Brunoline, a special needs teacher, has a hearing impairment herself. Since concluding her studies at Institut Monfort, a school for children with hearing impairments in Haiti, she has been teaching there for the last 22 years. “I want to help children who have the same disability as I do,” she told us. During the training sessions she sat at the closest desk to the instructor and showed an intense passion for learning, following along by listening and lip-reading. “The training was awesome,” she said. “All the content was wonderful, but for me, the most interesting subject was the psychology part. I’m learning a lot! Thank you very much!”
|Ms. Brunoline (left), one of the training session participants, with AAR Japan staff Anna Furukawa (right).|
*These activities have been made possible thanks to a grant from Japan Platform, in addition to generous individual donations.