2014-15 Special Education (SE) Project Activities

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For the 2014-15 project year, there are 420 students in 7 camps, 142 SE staff in camp and 11 SE town based staff members. So far in this project year, the SE project has done many activities.

In April 2014, for two weeks, the SE project coordinator attended a training at Khom Loy Development Foundation about basic Montessori. The project coordinator will take the skills and knowledge she gained from the trianing and give similar trainings to SE town based staff and SE teachers in camp.

During the first week of June 2014, the Special Education schools in all 7 camps held an opening ceremony for students and teachers.

The SE project coordinator and KWO education program coordinator went into the 7 camps to do monitoring trips. They met with school committee members, camp leaders, parents, and camp education leaders. They discussed the activities for 2014-15, including the new small group activity for Early Intervention (EI) students. Some of the new activities for this school year includes, EI small group activities for students who are mobile (EI students who are not mobile will continue to receive home visits).  The identified children – who are mobile, will come to the SE Centre 3 days per week. The children will be organized into small groups of 2 – 5 children, based on their disability and their ages. One SE Teacher will work with one small group and other SE teachers will “float” from group to group giving support where needed. The day will be divided up into a clear schedule of activities tailored for those particular children. An Independent Education Plan (IEP) will continue to be developed by the SE Teachers for each child

On 27 June 2014 SE project staff gave one Parent Education Session in Umphium camp. There were 56 parents of SE students who participated in the education session, 54 female and 2 male. The topics for the session were:

What are disabilities?
What causes disabilities?
Awareness about how to protect against certain disabilities

Joint Teacher Trainings June 2014
On 10-13 June 2014 SE Project staff gave one Joint teacher training in Umphium camp. There were 12 SE teachers who participated in the joint teacher trainings.
On 16-20 June 2014 SE Project staff gave one Joint teacher training in Nuh Poe camp. There were 13 SE teachers who participated in the joint teacher trainings.
On 23-27 June 2014 SE Project staff gave on Joint teacher training in Mae La camp. There were 18 SE teachers who participated in the joint teacher trainings.

The topics for the joint teacher trainings:

  • SE students Criteria
  • Individual Education Plan (case studies,write daily plan, write long term plan)
  • Planning Play Session Plan
  • Planning Small Group Plan
  • Small Group Practical
  • Arrange file and review teaching aids and review teaching resources
  • Review Forms
  • Review Finance

The SE project continues to support children with special needs in all 7 Karen camps. We look forward to updating you on the SE project as the year continues!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Karen Women Organisation was formed in 1949 and has a membership of over 64,100 women. KWO is a community-based organisation of Karen women working in development and relief in the refugee camps on the Thai border and with IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and women inside Burma. Since our formation in 1949 we have expanded our focus from one of purely social welfare to try to encourage an awareness of Women's Rights and to promote women’s participation in the community decision making and political processes. The objectives of the KWO  To assist women in the endeavour to be free from all forms of oppression.  To promote and empower women in all spheres of life, including education and general living standards.  To encourage women to participate in the struggle for freedom, democracy and equality.  To develop women's knowledge, ability and skills, including political and organizational skills.  To achieve the rights of women and equal status with men.  To promote and maintain Karen culture and traditions.  To improve the well-being of women and children and to increase their access to adequate health, education and welfare services. KWO aims to empower women through offering various capacity building trainings to teach skills, build confidence and create new opportunities so that women will be better able to solve problems. We are working hard to educate ourselves and our communities so that we can work more effectively and advocate for our struggle on the international stage. We believe that women’s contribution is an essential factor in the peace-building and national reconciliation processes of Burma.